BRNO, Czech Republic - University of Oregon sophomore-to-be Canace Finley and the U.S. Women's Junior National Volleyball Team ended FIVB U-20 World Championships opening round pool play Tuesday with a 1-3 mark.
The Americans lost their opening matches to Bulgaria (25-12, 25-21, 25-17) and Brazil (25-17, 25-18, 25-22), rebounded to beat Mexico (29-27, 19-25, 27-25, 25-22), then dropped their finale to Russia (25-18, 25-14, 25-20).
On Wednesday, Round of 16 play continues in the tournament, followed by the quarterfinals on June 28, playoffs on June 28-29, and finals on June 30.
The U.S. squad will resume play on June 28 in a round robin vs. the other three fifth-place pool finishers to decide 17th-20th places. America's first match will be vs. Thailand on June 28, followed by tilts on June 29 and June 30.
The four preliminary pool winners were China, the Dominican Republic, Italy and Russia. The other advancing teams to the round of 16 included Algeria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Serbia, Chinese Taipei and Turkey.
The Fort Collins, Colo., native was selected to the 12-person squad based on her play at a USA Volleyball National Team tryout in February in Colorado Springs.
Last fall, Finley started 28 of Oregon’s 35 matches at middle blocker, and paced the team in blocks per set average (0.77 p/s) for the season.
The team's top freshman led the squad in blocks in 11 matches, and logged a team-season high six blocks in the four-set NCAA semifinal win over No. 1 Penn State, and three-set win at Portland State.
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