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July 25, 2005
ANKARA, Turkey – Florida State sophomore standout Summer Weissing (Boca Raton/Olympic Heights), USA’s starting libero, led the Americans to a 1-2 record last week during preliminary action at the 2005 FIVB U-20 World Championship at the Atatürk Sport Hall in Ankara, Turkey. After falling to Serbia and Montenegro (3-1) and Brazil (3-0), the United States stormed back to clinch a five-game victory against Japan.
“This is a great victory for USA,” said Weissing. “It was important that we got a win after two defeats. The level of competition here is very high . . . but I’m really enjoying myself. I hope that we can regroup and get in a position to win a medal.”
Weissing started in all three matches and 12 total games. Against SCG, she recorded five digs followed by a nine dig performance versus the Brazilians. She accumulated eight digs against the Japanese.
Games in the preliminary round will conclude July 28, with the first two teams of each group qualifying for the semi-finals and finals, scheduled for July 30 and 31 in Ankara.
The United States will face Croatia Wednesday, July 27.
Team USA has yet to win a world championship since the tournament’s inception in 1977.