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U.S. Girls' Youth Team Goes 2-0 at NORCECA

By Jen Armson-Dyer | Aug. 07, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (August 7, 2012) – The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team defeated Guatemala 25-6, 25-5, 25-12 Tuesday to continue play in the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship in Tijuana, Mexico.

The United States improves to 2-0 and will take on Mexico on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. PT.

“I thought we executed much better today,” U.S. Girls' Youth National Team Head Coach Reed Sunahara said. “Our serving and passing game was good from the start and we made some good runs. Needless to say, we need to continue to get better everyday.”

The Americans used a well-rounded offense in the win, with nine different players recording a kill. Carli Snyder (Macomb, Mich.) led the United States in scoring with 12 points on six kills, two blocks and four aces as Simone Lee (Menomonee, Wis.) posted 10 points on seven kills and three blocks. Tia Scambray (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) notched eight points on two kills, three blocks and three aces while Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.) chipped in six points on two kills, one block and three aces.

Savannah Rennie (San Diego, Calif.) notched six points on five kills and an ace. Rounding out the scoring for the U.S. was Stephanie Aiple (Round Rock, Texas) with four points on a block and three aces, Audriana Fitzmorris (Overland Park, Kan.) with three kills and a block, Courtney Schwan (Milton, Wash.) with two kills, an ace and a block, Crissy Jones (Lakewood, Calif.) with three points on three kills and Taylor Tashima (Wilmette, Ill.) with two points on a kill and an ace.

The United States again continued to dominate from the service line, recording 16 aces in the match while not allowing Guatemala any, aided by the passing of liberos Luisa Schirmer (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Jordan Pingel (Colorado Springs, Colo.).

In the first set, Sunahara started Fitzmorris and Jones at middle blocker, Lee and Snyder at outside hitter, Schwan at opposite, Tashima at setter and Schirmer at libero. In the second set, Sunahara started Fitzmorris and Rennie at middle blocker, Snyder and Scambray at outside hitter, Hodson at opposite, Aiple at setter and Schirmer at libero. In the third set, Sunahara started Rennie and Fitzmorris at middle blocker, Scambray and Lee at outside hitter, Hodson at opposite, Aiple at setter and Pingel at libero.

Estefanie Maria Bethancourth Guerra led Guatemala with four points on three kills and a block while Jessica Estefani Anleu Cerezo posted three kills.

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

Tashima started off on a strong serving run to give the U.S. a 3-0 lead. Fitzmorris added in strong blocking and attacking to help the run and Snyder contributed two aces. Guatemala fought back with scrappy defense but the United States returned with strong attacks from Schwan and Lee to go up 7-1 into the first technical timeout. Two kills by Jones, a block by Lee and Jones, a kill from Lee and an ace from Schwan continued the U.S. streak and a Lee overpass kill forced by a strong Schwan serve helped the Americans go up 16-4. A kill down the line for Snyder and a Fitzmorris kill put the U.S. up 19-5 and a backrow kill from Lee make it 20-6 before a Snyder cross-court kill ends the set, 25-6.

Two Snyder aces started off the second set and a Hodson kill on the right side off a great pass from Schirmer coupled with a Hodson block pushed the United States up 5-1. An ace from Hodson made it 8-2 and another pushed it to 12-2. Another ace, this one from Scambray, made it 17-3 and two kills from Snyder aided in the United States taking the second set, 25-5.

An overpass kill from Scambray put the United States up 5-3 in the third set and a Rennie kill on a slide after a Pingel pass made it 7-4. Kills from Lee and an Aiple ace push the lead to 13-6 and a triple block from Lee, Fitzmorris and Hodson made it 15-6. Two Aiple aces and a Fitzmorris kill extend the lead to 20-9 before a Lee kill helped end the game, 25-12.

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, Southern 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, 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-10)
Aug. 6: Mexico def. Guatemala, 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-12)
Aug. 7: USA def. Guatemala, 3-0 (25-6, 25-5, 25-12)
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, 3-0 (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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