Bachman Leads USA Women's Volleyball to First Win at World Univ. Games

July 6, 1999

Palma de Mallorca, Spain - The U.S. women's volleyball team (1-2) collected its first victory of the World University Games today, defeating Ukraine 3-1 (25-22, 25-13, 14-25, 25-13) at San Jose Obrero.

Team USA controlled the net, accumulating 14 blocks in the match, with UCLA's Elisabeth Bachman (Farmington, Minn.) having a hand in a team-high 11. Nancy Meendering (Hall, Iowa) led the team for the third consecutive match with 19 kills while Jenna Wrobel (Naperville, Ill.) had a team-high .590 hitting percentage, with 14 kills against only one error.

Team USA got off to a quick start in game one, jumping out to a 9-3 lead and holding off Ukraine the rest of the way. With the exception of a 1-1 tie, the U.S. led throughout, with Ukraine cutting the lead to one on two occasions. Leading 18-17 though, the red, white and blue ran off five straight points to essentially put the game away.

Game two turned into a block party for the United States as they sent back nine Ukranian attacks, leading to an easy 25-14 win. With the game tied at four, the U.S. blocked four consecutive attacks and never trailed again. They closed the match with six consecutive points.

"We communicated very well up front. Everyone on the frontline was talking, which allowed us to be in good position," said Bachman, who also contributed nine kills without a hitting error. "On offense we were passing very well and that allowed (setter) Robyn (AhMow) work the ball to different people."

The momentum from game two didn't carry over to game three for the U.S. as Ukraine jumped out to a 6-1 lead and never looked back. That seemed to wake Team USA up, though, as Meendering opened the game with an ace and the U.S. never trailed. Tied at 5-5, the U.S. went on a 7-2 run and cruised from there.

Team USA now awaits to find out their opponent in the first game of the consolation bracket, to be played Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at San Jose Obrero. This is the just the second time in the last five WUG that the women's team has failed to medal.

"This is a very talented field of volleyball teams," USA head coach Jim Stone said. "We're obviously disappointed that we're not playing for a medal, but we have three more games left and our goals is to keep improving and win all three."

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
(25-19, 25-19, 25-18)
Saturday, Sep 05
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
(25-20, 25-16, 25-13)
Sunday, Sep 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-16, 25-27, 25-17, 28-26)
Friday, Sep 11
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23)
Saturday, Sep 12
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-20, 25-22, 25-16)
Sunday, Sep 13
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-19, 27-25, 25-23)
Friday, Sep 18
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-23, 25-17, 25-21)
Friday, Sep 18
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Sep 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(22-25, 12-25, 19-25)
Sunday, Sep 27
at California
Berkeley, CA
(25-20, 27-25, 25-16)
Friday, Oct 02
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
(29-31, 16-25, 15-25)
Sunday, Oct 04
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 25-18, 30-28)
Friday, Oct 09
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
(17-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-16)
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Dec 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Dec 11 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Dec 12 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Thursday, Dec 17 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE
Saturday, Dec 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE