Girls Youth Punch Ticket to Worlds

By Jen Armson-Dyer | Aug. 10, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

Copy by Jen Armson-Dyer

Official Statistics 

U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team One Win Away From NORCECA Gold
Americans defeat Puerto Rico, qualify for 2013 FIVB World Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (August 10, 2012) – The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team defeated Puerto Rico 26-24, 25-13, 19-25, 25-13 Friday to advance to the Championship match of the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship in Tijuana, Mexico. With the win, the United State also qualifies to the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ Youth World Championship as the top three teams advance.

The U.S. improves to 4-0 and will face either Mexico or Dominican Republic in the Championship match on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. PT.

“I thought we did a nice job overall tonight,” said head coach Reed Sunahara. “Taylor (Tashima) did a nice job setting our offense but overall defensively, our blocking and defense put us in good situations to win the match. We had a letdown in the third set, but we were good enough to win. I’m happy that we qualified, but we still have one more match to go to win the Gold.”

Carli Snyder (Macomb, Mich.) led all players with 25 points on 19 kills, four blocks and two aces while Simone Lee (Menomonee, Wis.) collected 18 points on 13 kills, three aces and two blocks. Crissy Jones (Lakewood, Calif.) finished with 10 points on seven kills, two blocks and an ace. In addition to providing great leadership and consistent play, captain Taylor Tashima (Wilmette, Ill.) added in seven points on three blocks, three aces and a kill while Courtney Schwan (Milton, Wash.) posted five points on two kills, two blocks and an ace, Audriana Fitzmorris (Overland Park, Kan.) notched three points on two kills and an ace, Savannah Rennie (San Diego, Calif.) contributed three points on two aces and a block and Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.) added in one point on one kill. Providing solid passing and defense for the squad were liberos Luisa Schirmer (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Jordan Pingel (Colorado Springs, Colo.).

In the first set, Sunahara started Rennie and Jones at middle blocker, Lee and Snyder at outside hitter, Schwan at opposite, Tashima at setter and Schirmer at libero. Fitzmorris, Hodson and Stephanie Aiple (Round Rock, Texas) were used as substitutes in the first set. In the second and third sets, Rennie and Jones started at middle blocker, Lee and Snyder at outside hitter, Hodson at opposite, Tashima at setter and Schirmer at libero. Schwan was used as a substitute in the third set while Pingel replaced Schirmer at libero. In the fourth set, Sunahara started Jones and Fitzmorris at middle blocker, Lee and Snyder at outside hitter, Schwan at opposite, Tashima at setter and Pingel at libero. Tia Scambray (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) was used as a substitute in the fourth set.

For Puerto Rico, Genesis Miranda led with 18 points on 17 kills and a block while Paola Rojas collected nine points on seven kills, a block and an ace.

Puerto Rico jumped out to the early 8-5 lead before a Lee ace and Jones kill gave the United States its first lead at 11-10. The U.S. remained on top, going up 15-11 on a Snyder kill off a perfect pass from Schirmer. Puerto Rico pulled within one at 16-15 on an ace and grabbed the next two points to take the 17-16 lead. The teams traded points several times, with a Lee kill knotting the score at 20-20. Two

Puerto Rico points gave them the 22-20 lead and forced a U.S. timeout. Two American kills and a Puerto Rican error tied the game at 23-23. A Snyder kill off the block on a great set by Aiple put the United States up 24-23, and following a U.S. service error, a Snyder kill on a Schirmer perfect pass and a Jones ace gave the Americans the game, 26-24.

In the second set, the teams exchanged points several times before a huge Lee kill on the outside gave the United States an 8-5 lead going into the technical timeout. Two Rennie aces pushed the American lead to 11-6 and a Jones and Lee stuff block made it 13-7. A Snyder kill down the line put the United States up 16-9 and the Americans continued to roll. A Tashima and Jones block pushed the lead to 21-10 and a huge Snyder and Rennie block made it 23-11 before a Snyder kill down the right side line and a Snyder ace ended the set, 25-13.

Puerto Rico blazed out to the 5-1 lead in the third set and the teams traded errors several times to make it 8-3 in favor of Puerto Rico heading into the technical timeout. The United States slowly chipped away at the deficit with a couple of Jones kills coupled with Puerto Rico errors but a Puerto Rico tip and block gave them the 16-9 lead. A Tashima dump kill and a Schwan cross court kill pulled the United States to within six at 17-11 but Puerto Rico remained in control, tooling the block to go up 21-14 before finally closing out the set, 25-19. It is the first dropped set of the tournament for the Americans.

In the fourth set, a Tashima ace, a Schwan and Fitzmorris double block and a Lee kill out of the backrow put the United States up 5-2. An American block, kill and ace pushed the lead to 8-2 before a Snyder kill off a Pingel perfect pass and a Fitzmorris ace made it 11-4. A Lee tip kill, a Schwan ace and a massive Lee overpass kill gave the United States the 16-5 lead. Another monster Lee kill made it 17-6 and a Jones kill out of the middle put the U.S. up 19-8 before a double block from Fitzmorris and Snyder gave the Americans the 22-9 lead. A Lee block of a Puerto Rican setter dump gave the U.S. match point at 24-12 before a Snyder kill gave the United States the win at 25-13.

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, 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, 3-2 (25-21, 17-25, 24-26, 25-17, 15-11)
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: Puerto Rico def. Guatemala, 3-0 (25-8, 25-10, 25-18) (Quarterfinal)
Aug. 9: Mexico def. Trinidad & Tobago, 3-0 (25-6, 25-10, 25-5 (Quarterfinal)

Aug. 10: Guatemala def. Trinidad & Tobago, 3-0 (25-8, 25-13, 25-17) (Classifications 5/6)
Aug. 10: United States def. Puerto Rico, 3-1 (26-24, 25-13, 19-25, 25-13 (Semifinal)
Aug. 10: Dominican Republic def. Mexico, 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-12) (Semifinal)

Aug. 11: Mexico vs. Puerto Rico (bronze), 5 p.m. PT
Aug. 11: Dominican Republic vs. United States (gold), 7 p.m. PT