Short characterization USA

 

PLAYERS

STARTING SIX - SUBSTITUTES

Ranking
2001-2011

1

ALLISON, Hannah

 

 

2

HOLTHUS, Stephanie

3

HAGGLUND, Natalie (L)

WCH 2003

-

4

PLUM, Lauren

6

HAMPTON, Haleigh

WCH 2005

11

7

ECKERMAN, Haley

9

REEVES, Kelly (C)

WCH 2007

4

10

McLAURIN, Sallie

11

SIMMONS, Moneshia

WCH 2009

12

15

HUTSON, Madelyn

16

McHUGH, Andrea

WCH 2011

4

17

WOPAT, Carly

 

GENERAL REMARKS:

         In the seventh appearance at the Junior World Championship the USA wanted to reach the medal stand for the first time.

         Coach Browning is with the team since 2010 and has trust in the team with the 6 players from last year and the 6 new members.

         USA showed remarkable energy on the court, which helped them to reach respective final 4th position, since the team was practicing together only 3 weeks before the start of the competition.

         Team has played with more or less the same players through the tournament, using all the players from the bench for tactical reasons. Double substitution was used frequently, giving more possibility to the attack formation; different players were used to perform the tactical serve. Often the position of the opposite player was changed in the starting formation. In the last part of the tournament coach Browning used mostly player No. 2 Holthus as the opposite player.

         Different options in reception and attack brought USA team to very high 3rd position in attack efficiency reaching 35.33%.

 

SERVICE:

         All the players were using variations of the jump float serve, except Player No. 15 Hutson was using the float distance serve.

         All other players were using either the Jump Float or the Jump Float from distance.

         The highest numbers of mistakes (77) and second lowest number of aces (43) of all teams were forcing staff to use constant substitutions for some of the players.

 

RECEPTION:

         3 players used for reception formation.

         Libero No. 3 Hagglund was crucial player in the reception. Very good in coordinating her team colleagues in the reception and the defense formations.

         Coach Browning and his staff decided to use opposite player Holthus in reception formation. This gave to the team some new options in reception formations, since Holthus is able to receive on the highest level. With that tactical solution the outside hitter Eckerman was more focused on the attack.

         USA team was basically the only team using regularly the overhead pass technique, when receiving float and jump float serves.

 

SET / ATTACK COMPLEX I AND COMPLEX II:

         USA setters Plum and Allison were distributing balls very equally to all the positions and trying to use all the players depending on the quality of the reception. Nevertheless most of the balls were set to position 4, but also middle blockers were receiving quite high number of the sets on their position. For example in bronze medal match No. 6 Hampton scored 13 points, mostly attacking.

         Set distribution in C1: Since opposite player No. 2 Holthus was involved with the reception, not a lot of balls were set to position 1 or 2. Setters were using slide attack far from the setter with middle blockers or quick front attacks, since both middle attackers are tall players with good jump and high reach. Some position 6 attacks were executed, mostly effective.

         Set distribution in C2: also in this phase most of the balls were set to the position 4 and 2. In case of good defense, middle blockers got their chance to score with slide attacks.

         In the best scorers ranking No. 7 Eckerman and No. 9 Reeves finished at the posi-tions 3 and 7, scoring most points with the attack, also Eckerman finished 7th in the attackers ranking list.

 

BLOCK / DEFENCE:

         USA finished 7th in the team blocking ranking and during the tournament the team did not reached very high number of block kills. On the other hand block positioning was much better and helped defense players a lot. High number of balls touched in block and great defense work from libero No. 3 Hagglund gave to the team a lot of chances to attack and keep the ball in the game.

         Libero Hagglund finished 2nd best in individual ranking of diggers. Her position in defense was most of the time in position 6, which was not seen a lot in the other team, but her work for the team was exceptional.

         Position 4 attackerss were playing back court defense in position 5 and went for the position 6 backrow attack.