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U.S. Girls' Youth Advance to FIVB World Championship Quarterfinals

By Kristina Harter | Aug. 01, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

Kristina Harter, USA Volleyball Communications Intern, Phone: (719) 228-6800, Email: Kristina.harter@usav.org USAV Facebook - @USA_Volleyball 

FIVB Official Stats * U.S. Girls' Youth Team Blog * Press Kit for U.S. Girls' Youth National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 30, 2013) – The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team (GYNT) defeated Chinese Taipei 25-19, 25-11, 25-17 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship being held in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

Team USA will face Poland on Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. local time (1 a.m. MT) in a quarterfinal match.

Despite the three-set victory, U.S. Girls' Youth National Volleyball Team Head Coach Jim Stone said the Chinese Taipei presented several challenges to which the U.S. adjusted quickly.

"The match with Taipei was challenging,” Stone said. “They play wonderful defense, serve tough and run a very quick tempo offense. I thought the USA team did a great job of adjusting to this style of play.” 

Team USA rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the opening set to tie the score at 15-all and pushed to a 21-15 advantage, ultimately holding on for a 25-19 victory. In set two, the U.S. opened with a 5-1 lead and controlled the remainder of the period as Tia Scambray (Monarch Beach, Calif.) served 11-straight points to create a sizeable 22-9 advantage leading to a 25-11 victory. In the third set, the U.S. broke a 7-all tie with a 13-1 run and Scambray capped the score with an ace at 25-18. 

“We had difficulty at the beginning of the match with the timing of our blocking, but this improved as the match progressed,” Stone said. “Generally, I thought we played very consistently with few unforced errors.” 

Mikaela Foecke (West Point, Iowa) paved the way for Team USA by tallying 16 points on 10 kills via 24 attacks and two aces and four blocks. Alexa Smith (Colorado Springs, Colorado) added 10 kills on 22 swings and one ace for 11 points. Scambray also chalked up 11 points on seven kills on 21 attacks and added four aces. Audriana Fitzmorris (Overland Park, Kan.) contributed three kills, three blocks and an ace for seven points. Jordyn Poulter (Aurora, Colo.) added four blocks and one kill for five points. Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.) tallied two kills, two blocks and one ace for four points, while Molly Haggerty (Glen Elyn, Ill.) added a kill and an ace for two points. 

Kenzie Maloney (Louisville, Ky.) led the U.S. with four digs and contributed two excellent receptions on 12 attempts, while Smith totaled a team-high three excellent receptions on 12 attempts.

Poulter was credited with 29 running sets on 73 attempts as the Americans converted 37.8 percent of their attacks with a .311 hitting efficiency (34-6-90). 

Stone started Poulter at setter, Smith and Scambray at outside hitter, Fitzmorris and Foecke at middle blocker and Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) at opposite. Maloney was the libero for the match. Hodson was a sub in the first set and started the second set in place of Lee at opposite, while Molly Sauer (Louisville, Ky.) was a sub in the final two sets. 

“Tomorrow's match with Poland will be equally challenging with a different style,” Stone said. “Poland has a much taller and a better block. They will offer a big challenge for our team.”

Player (Position, Grad Year, Hometown, Club, Region)
1 - Jordyn Poulter (S, 2015, Aurora, Colo., Front Range, Rocky Mountain)
2 - Audriana Fitzmorris (MB, 2016, Overland Park, Kan., Asics MAVS, Heart of America)
3 - Hayley Hodson (OH, 2015, Newport Beach, Calif., T Street, Southern California)
5 - Simone Lee (OH, 2014, Menomonee Falls, Wis., Club Fusion, Great Lakes)
6 - Molly Sauer (L, 2015, Louisville, Ky., KIVA, Pioneer)
7 - Kenzie Maloney (L, 2015, Louisville, Ky., KIVA, Pioneer)
8 - Tia Scambray (OH, 2014, Monarch Beach, Calif., T Street, Southern California)
9 - Molly Haggerty (OH, 2016, Glen Ellyn, Ill., Sports Performance, Great Lakes)
11 - Mikaela Foecke (MB, 2015, West Point, Iowa, Iowa Rockets, Iowa)
12 - Taylor Tashima (S, 2014, Wilmette, Ill., Wildcat Juniors, Great Lakes)
13 - Danielle Cuttino (MB, 2014, Indianapolis, Ind., CCVBC, Hoosier)
15 - Alexa Smith (OH, 2015, Colorado Springs, Colo., Colorado Juniors, Rocky Mountain)

Head Coach: Jim Stone
Assistant Coach: Nick Cheronis, Lindsey Devine
Technical Assistant: Spike Summers
Team Leader: Denise Sheldon

2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls’U18 World Championship Schedule/Results

Pool A – at Chatchai Gym, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
July 26: Thailand def. Egypt 25-23, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19
July 26: Serbia def. Tunisia 25-15, 25-21, 25-7
July 27: Puerto Rico def. Tunisia 24-26, 25-22, 25-17, 25-21
July 27: Serbia def. Egypt 25-14, 25-14, 25-20
July 28: Puerto Rico def. Egypt 25-16, 25-20, 25-21
July 28: Serbia def. Thailand 25-17, 25-22, 25-12
July 29: Egypt def. Tunisia 25-18, 26-24, 25-21
July 29: Thailand def. Puerto Rico 25-21, 28-30, 25-21, 25-23
July 30: Serbia def. Puerto Rico 25-13, 25-16, 25-23
July 30: Thailand def. Tunisia 25-22, 25-20, 25-12

Pool B – at Lippatapallop Gym, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
July 26: Poland def. Greece 20-25, 26-28, 25-20, 28-26, 15-10
July 26: Japan def. China 27-25, 18-25, 24-26, 25-20, 17-15
July 27: Argentina def. Japan 25-23, 34-32, 25-21
July 27: Poland def. China 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 26-24
July 28: China def. Greece 25-7, 25-16, 19-25, 25-10
July 28: Poland def. Argentina 25-23, 23-25, 24-26, 25-14, 15-12
July 29: Japan def. Poland 25-15, 25-19, 25-16
July 29: Greece def. Argentina 25-15, 27-25, 25-19
July 30: Japan def. Greece 22-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-21
July 30: China def. Argentina 25-21, 25-13, 25-18

Pool C – at Chatchai Gym, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
July 26: Slovenia def. Algeria 25-6, 25-19, 25-20
July 26: Brazil def. Dominican Republic 15-25, 33-31, 25-8, 32-30
July 27: Brazil def. Algeria 25-8, 25-15, 25-11
July 27: Slovenia def. United States 25-23, 25-15, 18-25, 25-22
July 28: United States def. Brazil 25-17, 25-15, 25-21
July 28: Dominican Republic def. Algeria 25-10, 25-14, 25-10
July 29: USA def. Dominican Republic 25-21, 25-15, 25-22
July 29: Brazil def. Slovenia 15-25, 25-19, 25-11, 25-15
July 30: Dominican Republic def. Slovenia 22-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-23
July 30: USA def. Algeria 25-12, 25-18, 25-7

Pool D – at Lippatapallop Gym, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
July 26: Peru def. Mexico 25-18, 25-18, 25-13
July 26: Turkey def. Italy 19-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-23
July 27: Peru def. Italy 26-28, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-13
July 27: Turkey def. Chinese Taipei 25-17, 25-16, 25-23
July 28: Peru def. Chinese Taipei 23-25, 25-19, 25-27, 25-20, 15-9
July 28: Italy def. Mexico 25-15, 25-12, 25-17
July 29: Turkey def. Peru 25-22, 23-25, 25-17, 25-19
July 29: Chinese Taipei def. Mexico 25-12, 25-19, 25-14
July 30: Italy def. Chinese Taipei 25-14, 25-10, 25-11
July 30: Turkey def. Mexico 25-20, 25-22, 25-21

Round of 16 (July 31)
(Match 41) Japan def. Egypt 25-11, 25-7, 25-16
(Match 42) Brazil def. Italy 18-25, 25-14, 25-23, 22-25, 15-7
(Match 43) Poland def. Puerto Rico 25-21, 26-24, 22-25, 27-25
(Match 44) United States def. Chinese Taipei 25-19, 25-11, 25-17
(Match 45) Dominican Republic def. Turkey 16-25, 30-28, 25-18, 25-17
(Match 46) China def. Thailand 25-18, 25-5, 25-19
(Match 47) Peru def. Slovenia 25-19, 25-14, 25-21
(Match 48) Serbia def. Greece 25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 25-16

Round 8: Quarterfinals (Aug. 2) Match 41 winner vs. Match 42 winner (Match 51)
Match 43 winner vs. Match 44 winner (Match 52)
Match 45 winner vs. Match 46 winner (Match 53)
Match 47 winner vs. Match 48 winner (Match 54)

Playoff 9-16 (Aug. 2)
Match 41 loser vs. Match 42 loser (Match 55)
Match 43 loser vs. Match 44 loser (Match 56)
Match 45 loser vs. Match 46 loser (Match 57)
Match 47 loser vs. Match 48 loser (Match 58)

Classification 17-20
Aug. 1-3 Round Robin of 5th place teams from pool play

Semifinals and Playoffs
Aug. 3: The semifinals and playoff rounds consist of a total of eight matches: two semifinal matches for the rankings 1-4, two matches for the classification 5-8, two matches for the classification 9-12 and two matches for the classification 13-16

Finals and Playoffs
Aug. 4 The Finals and playoffs consist of a total of eight matches: The winners of the semifinals will play the final for gold and silver. The semifinal losers will player for bronze and fourth place. The winners of the playoff 5-8 will play for positions 5-6 and the losers will play for positions 7-8. The winners of the playoff 9-12 will play for positions 9-10 and the losers will play for positions 11-12. The winners of the playoff 13-16 will play for positions 13-14 and the losers will play for positions 15-16.





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