Girls Youth National Team Wins Pool with Sweep

By Jen Armson-Dyer | Aug. 08, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (August 8, 2012) – The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team swept Mexico 25-14, 25-12, 25-17 Wednesday at the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship in Tijuana, Mexico.

The United States improves to 3-0 and claims the top spot in Pool A. With the win, the Americans earn a bye into the Semifinals on Friday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. They will play the winner of one of the two quarterfinals to be played on Thursday.

Simone Lee (Menomonee, Wis.) and Carli Snyder (Macomb, Mich.) both recorded 14 points in the win, with Lee’s coming on nine kills, one block and four aces while Snyder posted nine kills, three blocks and two aces. Crissy Jones (Lakewood, Calif.) collected nine points on six kills, two blocks and one ace while Savannah Rennie (San Diego, Calif.) was a wall at the net, racking up seven blocks to go along with a kill and an ace for nine points. Courtney Schwan (Milton, Wash.) had seven points on four kills and three blocks while Taylor Tashima (Wilmette, Ill.) had three points on a kill, block and ace. As a team, the United States outblocked Mexico 17-3 and won the serving battle as well, collecting nine aces while only allowing two, aided by the passing of libero Luisa Schirmer (Pittsford, N.Y.).

In all three sets, Sunahara started Rennie and Jones at middle blocker, Lee and Snyder at outside hitter, Schwan at opposite, Tashima at setter and Schirmer at libero. Tia Scambray (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) subbed into the first and third sets.

Fernanda Guitron led Mexico with seven points on six kills and a block. Reyna Saucedo posted four points on three kills while Yocelyn Urias also collected four points on two kills, a block and an ace.

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

A block by Rennie and Schwan gave the United States a 4-2 lead in the first set and a Jones kill off a Schirmer perfect pass made it 8-5. Mexico tied it up with an ace and a U.S. attack error and the teams traded points twice before the Americans went on a 6-0 run to go up 16-10 on a Snyder kill from the right side. An ace and double block pushed the score to 18-12 and another double block from Lee and Jones made it 20-12. A Schwan kill made it 23-13 before a Jones overpass kill gave the United States the win, 25-14.

Mexico took the quick 4-2 lead before a Schwan kill and Rennie and Snyder block evened the score at 4-4. Another Rennie and Snyder block made it 5-4 and a Snyder kill from the right side pushed the score to 7-5 and a Lee kill made it 8-6. Kills from Lee and Jones coupled with three Lee aces gave the United States the 15-8 advantage. Another U.S. run capped by a great rally from both sides ended with a Schwan kill on the right side to put the Americans up 21-10. A Rennie block made it 23-10 before a Lee kill off a Schirmer perfect pass ended the set, 25-12.

The third set started off even, with a Lee kill out of the backrow giving the United States the slim 5-4 advantage. A Snyder kill made it 7-6 before Mexico scored the next two points to go up 8-7 into the first technical timeout. A Mexico tool off the U.S. block to put them up 11-9 before two kills from Lee, including one off a great Schwan dig, knotted the score at 11-11. Two kills from Snyder and Jones and another Lee ace put the Americans up 14-11 but a Mexican kill and ace coupled with a U.S. error tied the game at 14-14. The teams traded kills twice before a double block from Rennie and Snyder and another stuff by Rennie and Schwan put the United States up 18-16. The U.S. block continued to excel, with a Snyder and Rennie block pushing the lead to 21-16. A Rennie kill coupled with a wicked Snyder ace made it 24-17 before a double block by Scambray and Rennie finished out the set, 25-17.

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 def. Costa Rica, 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-10
Aug. 8: Guatemala def Costa Rica, 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-10)
Aug. 8: USA def. Mexico, 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-17)

Pool B

Aug. 6: Puerto Rico def. Trinidad & Tobago, 3-0 (25-7, 25-7, 25-8)
Aug. 7: Dominican Republic def. Trinidad & Tobago, 3-0 (25-8, 25-6, 25-5)
Aug. 8: Dominican Republic def. Puerto Rico, 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-19)

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