U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team Aces Trinidad and Tobago

July 06, 2008, 5:49 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 6, 2008) – The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team dominated Trinidad & Tobago 25-8, 25-11, 25-8 with a 16-0 ace advantage to improve to 2-0 in pool play Sunday at the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship held in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

Team USA concludes pool play on Monday at 6 p.m. against the U.S. Virgin Islands. If the Americans defeat U.S. Virgin Islands, it will claim the top seed in Pool B and receive a bye into the semifinals that start on July 9.

The NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship serves as a qualifier into the 2009 FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship to be held Aug. 5-16 in India. The top three finishers at the NORCECA event qualify for the World Championship.

Kelly Reeves (San Diego) led the U.S. with 13 points with nine kills on 18 swings, three aces on seven serves and a block. Ashley Wittman (Shakopee, Minn.) chipped in 12 points with seven kills on 11 attacks and five aces on 23 serves. Tori Dixon (Savage, Minn.) contributed seven kills on nine attacks, an ace and two blocks for 10 points. Erica Denney (Centennial, Colo.) charted four aces on 15 serves, two kills and a block for seven points. Jazmine Orozco tallied two kills, two blocks and an ace for five points. Molly Kreklow (Hamlake, Minn.) had a kill, block and ace for three points. Carly Wopat (Goleta, Calif.) and Carly Thomas (Swansea, Ill.) rounded out the scoring with a single point each.

Jennifer Bonilla (Reseda, Calif.) provided a team-high eight digs to go with four excellent service receptions on 10 attempts. Kreklow set nine assists in the match, while Thomas added two. Wittman charted seven excellent service receptions on eight attempts without an error. Reeves turned in seven digs and five excellent service receptions on seven errorless chances.

“We played consistent, high-level volleyball and came together well as a team,” Wopat said.

U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team Head Coach Jim Stone started the match with Kreklow at setter, Denney and Dixon at middle blocker, Wopat, Wittman and Reeves on the outside. Bonilla is the team’s designated libero for the tournament. Madelyn Hutson (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Orozco started the third set. Scullion subbed into the match in the second set, while Thomas came off the bench as a reserve in the third set.

“It was a good chance for the new players to get playing time and for the coaches to try something new,” Thomas said.

The U.S. built a 16-6 lead over Trinidad & Tobago at the second technical timeout and scored nine of the final 11 points of the frame. Team USA grabbed an early 6-2 lead in the second set and reached the second technical timeout leading 16-7 before finishing with a 25-11 victory. With a restructured lineup in the third set, the Americans opened with a 13-1 advantage before settling for the 25-8 victory.

“The team fought mentally through the match and took care of business,” Wittman said.

Team USA out-blocked Trinidad & Tobago 7-3 to go with a 29-9 kill advantage. The U.S. converted 54.7 percent of its attacks into kills, while Trinidad & Tobago managed just 20 percent. The Americans held a 60 percent in excellent service receptions with just one fault, while their opponents managed a 8.2 percent on reception.

Sinead Jack led Trinidad & Tobago with eight points on seven kills and a block. Channon Thompson and Marisha Herbert each added a kill in the match, while Arriane Matthews and Chrysta Stuart added a block.

In other matches later today, Dominican Republic faces U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico plays Costa Rica.

2008 U.S. Girls' Youth National Team
# - Name (Pos., Ht, Hometown, Grad Year, Club, Region)
2 - Lydia Bai (Outside Hitter, 6-2, Tustin, Calif., 2010, TCA, Southern California)
3 - Jennifer Bonilla (Libero, 5-9, Reseda, Calif., 2010, SCVC, Southern California)
4 - Erica Denney (Middle Blocker, 6-5, Centennial, Colo., 2010, Front Range, Rocky Mountain)
5 - Tori Dixon (Middle Blocker, 6-3, Savage, Minn., 2010 Mizuno Northern Lights, North Country)
9 - Madelyn Hutson (Middle Blocker, 6-5, Brentwood, Tenn., 2011, Impact VB Club, Southern)
10 - Molly Kreklow (Setter, 6-0, Hamlake, Minn., 2010, Mizuno Northern Lights, North Country)
12 - Jazmine Orozco (Outside Hitter, 6-0, Lakewood, Calif., 2010, SCVC, Southern California)
14 - Kelly Reeves (Outside Hitter, Libero, 6-0, San Diego, Calif., 2010, Wave, Southern California)
15 - Amy Scullion (Outside Hitter, 6-0, Salem, Ohio, 2010, Tri-County, Ohio Valley)
16 - Carly Thomas (Setter, 5-11, Swansea, Ill., 2010, Southwest Illinois VBC, Gateway)
18 - Ashley Wittman (Outside Hitter, 6-1, Shakopee, Minn., 2010, Mizuno Northern Lights, North Country)
19 - Carly Wopat (Middle Blocker, 6-2, Goleta, Calif., 2010, Santa Barbara V-Ball Club, Southern California)
*Kristina Graven (Outside Hitter/Libero, 6-0, San Jose, Calif., 2010, Vision Volleyball Club, Northern California)

Head Coach: Jim Stone (Columbus, Ohio, retired Ohio State University women’s head coach)
Assistant Coach: Melissa Wolter (Pensacola, Fla., University of West Florida head women’s coach)
Assistant Coach: Neil Mason (Newport Coast, Calif., TCA director and head coach)

2008 NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship Schedule
July 5-10 at Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Pool A
Puerto Rico 1-0
Mexico 0-0
Costa Rica 0-1

Pool B
USA 2-0
Trinidad & Tobago 1-1
U.S. Virgin Islands 0-1
Dominican Republic 0-1

Pool Matches
July 5: Trinidad & Tobago def. U.S. Virgin Islands, 21-25, 25-17, 25-13, 25-9
July 5: United States def. Dominican Republic, 25-22, 25-17, 25-15
July 5: Puerto Rico vs. Costa Rica, 25-20, 25-7, 25-22
July 6: United States def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-8, 25-11, 25-8
July 6: Dominican Republic vs. U.S. Virgin Islands, 6 p.m.
July 6: Costa Rica vs. Mexico, 8 p.m.
July 7: Dominican Republic vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 4 p.m.
July 7: United States vs. U.S. Virgin Islands, 6 p.m.
July 7: Puerto Rico vs. Mexico, 8 p.m.

July 8: 3A vs. 2B, 6 p.m. (Quarterfinals)
July 8: 2A vs. 3B, 8 p.m. (Quarterfinals)

July 9: TBA, 4 p.m. (Classification for 5th Place)
July 9: 1B vs. Quarterfinal Winner, 6 p.m. (Semifinal)
July 9: 1A vs. Quarterfinal Winner, 8 p.m. (Semifinal)

July 10: TBA vs. 4B, 2 p.m. (Classification 6-7)
July 10: Semifinal Losers (Bronze Medal Match)
July 10: Semifinal Winners (Gold Medal Match)