Team USA Returns to World Junior Women's Team Championship Podium; Celebrates Historic Individuals
Team USA returned to the World Junior Women’s Team Championship podium for the first time since 2015 with a bronze medal finish, and produced a record-setting six Americans in the last sixteen of the World Junior Men’s and Women’s Individual Championships, July 18-29, in Melbourne, Australia
The U.S. Junior Women topped Pool C including a pivotal win over five seeds England with all four women providing important victories. The third-seeded U.S. then went on to defeat six seeds India in the 1-8 playoffs to set up a semifinal against two seeds Malaysia. Malaysia edged the U.S. in a close semifinal to consign the U.S. to a bronze medal finish.
“Our third place finish was bittersweet," said Scott Devoy, U.S. Junior Women's Head Coach. "It was a great result and the team came together well. But it was so, so close that it definitely stings not to get to the final. It is better to feel like this though, knowing you are more than good enough to succeed at the highest level."