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USAV Names 12-Player Girls’ Youth National Team

May 19, 2009, 7:05 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 19, 2009) – USA Volleyball is proud to announce its 12-player U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team roster which will compete at the 2009 FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship July 3-12 at Nakhonratchasima, Thailand.

The roster was determined following workouts with the 19-player U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team held May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center at Chula Vista, Calif. The 12-player U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team will have a training period starting June 16 at Chula Vista before departing June 29 for Thailand.

The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team qualified for the FIVB World Championship by winning the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship last summer at Puerto Rico. Jim Stone (retired head coach at Ohio State University) returns as the team’s head coach, and he will be assisted by Melissa Wolter (head coach at University of West Florida) and Chuck Erbe (retired head coach at Michigan State).

The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team includes two setters, five middle blockers, four opposites/outside hitters and one libero. The setters are Hannah Allison (Siloam Springs, Ark.) and Carly Thomas (Swansea, Ill.). Jennifer Bonilla (Reseda, Calif.) was named as the libero.

Middle blockers on the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team are Katherine Bell (Mesquite, Texas), Erica Denney (Centennial, Colo.), a href="http://www.usavolleyball.org/athlete/athlete/2957">Anna Dorn (Munster, Ind.), Madelyn Hutson (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Oliva Okoro (Carrollton, Texas). Opposites/outside hitters are Haley Eckerman (Waterloo, Iowa), Andrea McHugh (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Carly Wopat (Goleta, Calif.) and Samantha Wopat (Goleta, Calif.).

Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Texas) and Aiyana Whitney (Norwood, N.J.), both outside hitters, have been invited to train with the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team in Chula Vista before the squad departs for Thailand. If a member on the 12-player roster is unable to travel due to injury or illness, substitutes must come from the original 19-player U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team.

Bonilla, Denney, Hutson, Thomas and Carly Wopat aided the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team to the gold medal at the 2008 NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship. Thomas earned the Best Setter award and Bonilla was selected Best Libero at the NORCECA event. Allison and Dorn, who were on the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team, have been elevated to the A1 National Team for 2009.

The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team will compete in Pool D of the FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship against Asian winner and two-time event winner Japan, NORCECA runner-up Mexico and European champion Belgium. Pool A comprises host Thailand, Serbia, Egypt and Germany, while reigning-champion China, Turkey, African champions Tunisia and Peru will play in Pool B. Pool C consists of two-time world champions Brazil, Italy, Dominican Republic and Slovakia.

Team USA’s first round schedule starts with Mexico on July 3, followed by Belgium on July 4 and Japan on July 5.

2009 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team
# - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, High School, Grad, Volleyball Club / Region)
1 - Hannah Allison (S, 5-11, Siloam Springs, Ark., Siloam Springs, 2010, Ozark Volleyball Academy / Delta)
2 - Katherine Bell (MB, 6-1, Mesquite, Texas, North Mesquite, 2011, Texas Assault / North Texas)
3 - Jennifer Bonilla (L, 5-9, Reseda, Calif., Marymount, 2010, Sports Shack / Southern California)
4 - Erica Denney (MB, 6-5, Centennial, Colo., Grandview, 2010, Front Range / Rocky Mountain)
5 - Haley Eckerman (OH, 6-3, Waterloo, Iowa, Waterloo East, 2011, Iowa Elite / Iowa)
6 - Anna Dorn (MB, 6-4, Munster, Ind., Munster, 2010, Dunes / Hoosier)
8 - Andrea McHugh (OH, 5-10, Yorba Linda, Calif., El Dorado, 2010, Impact VBC / Southern California)
9 - Madelyn Hutson (MB, 6-6, Brentwood, Tenn., Ravenwood, 2011, Impact / Southern)
13 - Olivia Okoro (MB, 6-0, Carrollton, Texas, Hebron, 2011, Dallas Skyline Juniors / North Texas)
16 - Carly Thomas (S, 5-11, Swansea, Ill., Althoff Catholic, 2010, Southwest Illinois VBC / Gateway)
18 - Samantha Wopat (OH, 6-1, Goleta, Calif., Dos Pueblos, 2010, Santa Barbara VBC / Southern California)
19 - Carly Wopat (OH, 6-2, Goleta, Calif., Dos Pueblos, 2010, Santa Barbara VBC / Southern California)

Head Coach: Jim Stone
Assistant Coach: Melissa Wolter
Assistant Coach: Chuck Erbe
Team Leader/Manager: Heath Hoke
Doctor: Jodi Pelegrin
Team Statistics: Herb “Spike” Summers

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