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Girls Youth National Team Wins First NORCECA Match

By Jen Armson-Dyer | Aug. 06, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (August 6, 2012) – Behind 18 team aces, the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team defeated Costa Rica 25-15, 25-11, 25-10 Monday to start the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship in Tijuana, Mexico.

The United States is now 1-0 in Pool A and will face Guatemala on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 3:00 p.m. PT.

Carli Snyder (Macomb, Mich.) led the United States with 12 points on seven kills, one block and four aces while Courtney Schwan (Milton, Wash.) posted 11 points on four kills and seven aces. Also providing scoring for the U.S. was Simone Lee (Menomonee, Wis.) with eight points on five kills and three aces, Tia Scambray (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) with six points on five kills and a block and Savannah Rennie (San Diego, Calif.) with six points on four kills and two blocks. Crissy Jones (Lakewood, Calif.) added in four points on four kills while Taylor Tashima (Wilmette, Ill.) notched three points on two aces and a kill and Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.) chipped in three points on two kills and an ace. Rounding out the U.S. scoring was Audriana Fitzmorris (Overland Park, Kan.) with one kill. The United States also used strong passing and defense from Luisa Schirmer (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Jordan Pingel (Colorado Springs, Colo.).

For the first two sets, United States head coach Reed Sunahara started Schwann at opposite, Lee and Snyder at outside hitter, Rennie and Jones at middle blocker, Tashima at setter and Schirmer at libero. Scambray was used as a substitute in the second set. For the third set, Sunahara started Hodson at opposite, Lee and Scambray at outside hitter, Fitzmorris and Jones at middle blocker, Stephanie Aiple (Round Rock, Texas) at setter and Pingel at libero.

Costa Rica was led by Angie Montero Alfaro with five points on four kills and an ace while Daniela Vargas had four points on three blocks and a kill. The United States outscored Costa Rica 75-36 for the match.

The top three teams in the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship advance to the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ Youth World Championship.

The United States jumped out to an early 8-5 lead to start the match before Costa Rica evened the score at 12-12 on a missed U.S. serve. A 4-0 run capped by a kill out of the middle put the United States up 16-12 going into the technical timeout. After going up 19-13, the U.S. finished out the set 25-15. Rennie led the USA with three kills while Schwan posted two. Snyder and Lee both added one ace.

An overpass kill got the United States on the board to start the second set before a big kill on the outside from Lee tied the set at 3-3. Four aces in a row from Schwan put Team USA up 8-4 heading into the technical timeout, and she added another after the break. The Americans went up 13-7 on another kill out of the middle before taking a 16-10 lead. After another timeout, Scambray blasted a kill from the backrow. Snyder produced a kill from the right side before the U.S. rattled off four points – three of them aces – to finish the set, 25-11.

Team USA went up 6-2 at the first timeout of the third set before Hodson added in two aces. Aiple provided in strong serving to push a 3-0 U.S. run before Lee came up with another ace to push the score to 16-7. Fitzmorris collected an ace before the United States captured the set, 25-10.

2012 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team Roster
Name (Position, City, State, Grad Year, Club, Region)
1 - Stephanie Aiple (S, Round Rock, Texas, 2014, Austin Juniors, Lone Star)
2 - Audriana Fitzmorris (MB, Overland Park, Kan., 2016, PVA, Heart of America)
3 - Hayley Hodson (OH, Newport Beach, Calif., 2015, Tstreet, Southern California)
4 - Crissy Jones (MB, Lakewood, Calif., 2014, Tstreet, Southern California)
5 - Simone Lee (OH, Menomonee, Wis., 2014, Milwaukee Sting, Badger)
6 - Jordan Pingel (L, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2015, Colorado Juniors, Rocky Mountain)
7 - Savannah Rennie (MB/OH, San Diego, Calif., 2015, Wave, Southern California)
8 - Tia Scambray (OH, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 2014, Tstreet, Souther California)
9 - Luisa Schirmer (OH, Pittsford, N.Y., 2014, VolleyFX, Western Empire)
10 - Courtney Schwan (OH, Milton, Wash., 2014, Kent Juniors, Puget Sound)
11 – Carli Snyder (OH, Macomb, Mich., 2014, Michigan Elite, Lakeshore, 2014)
12 - Taylor Tashima (S, Wilmette, Ill., 2014, Wildcat Juniors, Great Lakes)

Head Coach: Reed Sunahara
Assistant Coaches: Nick Cheronis, Myanna Webster
Team Leader: Denise Sheldon

2012 NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship Schedule

Pool A
Aug. 6: USA def. Costa Rica, 25-15, 25-11, 25-10
Aug. 6: Mexico vs. Guatemala, 7 p.m. PT
Aug. 7: USA vs. Guatemala, 2 p.m. PT
Aug. 7: Mexico vs. Costa Rica, 7 p.m. PT
Aug. 8: Costa Rica vs. Guatemala, 2 p.m. PT
Aug. 8: USA vs. Mexico, 7 p.m. PT

Pool B
Aug. 6: Dominican Republic vs. French St. Martin, noon PT
Aug. 6: Puerto Rico def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-7, 25-7, 25-8
Aug. 7: Puerto Rico vs. French St. Martin, noon PT
Aug. 7: Dominican Republic vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 5 p.m.
Aug. 8: Trinidad & Tobago vs. French St. Martin, noon PT
Aug. 8: Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico, 5 p.m. PT

Aug. 9: 2B vs. 3A, 5 p.m. PT (Match 13 Quarterfinal), 5 p.m. PT
Aug. 9: 2A vs. 3B, 7 p.m. PT (Match 14 Quarterfinal), 7 p.m. PT

Aug. 10: 4A vs. Loser Match 13 or 14 (Match 15, Classification 5-8), Noon PT
Aug. 10: 4B vs. Loser Match 13 or 14 (Match 16, Classification 5-8), 2 p.m. PT
Aug. 10: 1B vs. Winner Match 13 or 14 (Match 17, Semifinal), 5 p.m. PT
Aug. 10: 1A vs. Winner Match 13 or 14 (Match 18, Semifinal), 7 p.m. PT

Aug. 11: Loser Match 15 vs. Loser Match 16 (7th Place), noon PT
Aug. 11: Winner Match 15 vs. Winner Match (5th Place), 2 p.m. PT
Aug. 11: Loser Match 17 vs. Loser Match 18 (bronze), 5 p.m. PT
Aug. 11: Winner Match 17 vs. Winner Match 18 (gold), 7 p.m. PT

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