Volleyball's Roenicke finishes in fifth place at FIVB World Junior Championships
Sept. 9, 2011
Long Beach, Calif. - Sophomore Tara Roenicke took time off from the 49er season to represent Team USA in the World Junior Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia last weekend, finishing in fifth place with Rebecca Strehlow.
A veteran of four World Championships, Roenicke won the 2010 World Championships with Washington freshman Summer Ross, and she returned to make a run at defending her title. "The tournament was run very well, and the venue was gorgeous," said Roenicke.
One of just two teams representing the United States, Roenicke and Strehlow advanced out of pool play with a spotless 3-0 record over teams from France, Italy, and Russia, qualifying for the quarterfinals.
At that stage, the duo continued their run with a dominant 21-8, 21-18 win over Canada's Hudson/Sider, setting the stage for the quarterfinals, where Roenicke and Strehlow fell to the eventual champions Betschart and Heidrich from Switzerland. The pair were the highest finishing Americans.
"I'm older and more experienced, and so this opportunity showed me a lot," said Roenicke. "Watching the other teams, and learning more about their style of play was great. Not many people get a chance to do something like this, so it's amazing to get to travel so many places while getting to still play volleyball."