Monday, 22 Jul 2024

WCNT Saves Their Best for Last at World University Games

The U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team (WCNT – WUG) ended their participation at the 2019 World University Games on a high note with a 3-0 victory over Switzerland at PalaCoscioni In Nocera, Italy. The team’s head coach, Keegan Cook, expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance, highlighting their clean play and strong performance in the tournament. Every player contributed to the victory, with multiple players scoring and making big plays throughout the match.

In the opening set, Switzerland held a slight advantage, but the U.S. team broke the deadlock with a four-point run, securing a lead they would maintain until the end. The second set saw the U.S. team take an early lead, and although Switzerland managed to tie the score at certain points, the U.S. team ultimately maintained their advantage. The third set showcased the U.S. team’s dominance, as they scored six consecutive points and went on to win the set decisively.

The U.S. team’s attack game was particularly impressive in this match, scoring 41 points on 78 swings with a scoring percentage of .526. Nine different players contributed with at least two kills, including Kara Bajema, who led the team with 10 kills in just 13 attempts. Kylie DeBerg was also highly efficient, securing five kills in six attempts. The team’s strong performance extended to the service line, with 11 aces distributed among the players.

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With this victory, the U.S. team concluded the 2019 Summer Universiade with a 4-2 record and secured ninth place in the tournament. The team’s improvement throughout the tournament was evident, with their passing and overall gameplay significantly improving as they progressed. The tournament proved to be a great experience for the team, allowing them to observe and learn from different styles of play and adapt to various environments.

As the tournament concludes, the WCNT – WUG will soon return to the United States after attending the Summer Universiade’s closing ceremony in Naples, Italy. This year marks the third consecutive Universiade where the U.S. team has competed in the 9th/10th place match, demonstrating their consistency and competitiveness at this level of play.


Q: How did the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team perform in the 2019 World University Games?
A: The U.S. team finished the tournament with a 4-2 record, securing ninth place overall.

Q: Who was the top scorer for the U.S. team in their match against Switzerland?
A: Kara Bajema led the team with 10 kills in just 13 attempts, showcasing her efficiency and skill.

Q: What was notable about the U.S. team’s performance in the third set?
A: The U.S. team displayed their dominance in the third set, scoring six consecutive points and maintaining a strong lead throughout the set.


The U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team concluded their participation at the 2019 World University Games on a high note with a 3-0 victory over Switzerland. The team’s strong performance showcased their teamwork, skill, and improvement throughout the tournament. This win secured ninth place in the competition, capping off a successful journey for the WCNT – WUG.

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