U.S. Girls' Youth is Semifinal Bound at Worlds

By Darci Miller | Aug. 02, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

Darci Miller, USA Volleyball Communications Intern, Phone: 719-228-6800, Email: darci.miller@usav.org
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 2, 2013) – The winning streak continued for the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team (GYNT) on Friday, as it defeated Poland 25-22, 25-20, 26-24 to advance to the semifinals of the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship being held in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

Though Team USA trailed Poland in kills (32-31) and aces (6-5), the GYNT had 15 blocks to Poland’s nine, as well as 19 errors to Poland’s 25.

"I am very proud of our team,” U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team Head Coach Jim Stone said. “To beat a team of the quality of Poland by a 3-0 score was not expected. Poland serves very well and I thought we did an especially good job on receiving their very difficult serves.”

Alexa Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo.) paced the U.S. with 13 points via 12 kills on 17 attacks and one block along with six excellent receptions. Mikaela Foecke (West Point, Iowa) added eight kills on 14 swings, two blocks and an ace for 11 points. Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) totaled four kills on 14 attempts, an ace and four blocks for nine points, as well as four digs.

Tia Scambray (Monarch Beach, Calif.) contributed eight points on four kills, one block, and three aces and added two excellent receptions. Audriana Fitzmorris (Overland Park, Kan.) chipped in one kill and five blocks for six points. Jordyn Poulter (Aurora, Colo.) turned in two kills and two blocks for four points in addition to 33 running sets.

The U.S. got off to a fast start in the first set, leading 4-0, but Poland was able to tie it up at 5-5. The U.S. led again at 15-10, and Poland got to within 20-19 but a Smith kill won the set for the GYNT, 25-22. Poland struck first in the second set, but it wasn’t long before the U.S. was able to take the lead. On match point, Scambray’s hit went long, but on the next serve she connected on a cross-court kill after a great dig by Kenzie Maloney (Louisville, Ky.) to give the U.S. a 25-20 set win. The third set was a seesaw battle, as neither team was able to build a significant lead. The score was knotted at 23 apiece, but three Smith kills put the U.S. over the edge, 26-24.

Stone started Poulter at setter, Fitzmorris and Foecke at middle blocker, Scambray and  Smith at outside hitter, and Lee at opposite. Maloney was the libero for the match. Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.) was a sub for Lee in the first and third sets, and Molly Sauer (Louisville, Ky.) subbed for Smith in the second and third sets.

Team USA will play Brazil on Aug. 2 at 4 p.m. local time (3 a.m. MT) for a spot in the finals. The two teams met previously in a pool play match that the Americans swept, 25-17, 25-15, 25-21.

“This will be a challenging rematch, but we are looking forward to playing a quality opponent,” Stone said.

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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