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U.S. Girls' Youth Team to Play for Gold

Aug. 03, 2013, 12:01 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans, Manager, Communications, Phone: (719) 228-6800, E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org
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Official StatisticsU.S. Girls' Youth Team Blog * Press Kit for U.S. Girls' Youth National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 3, 2013) – The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team (GYNT) defeated Brazil on Saturday, 16-25, 25-14, 20-25, 25-17, 15-12 to advance to the gold medal match of the FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship at Chatchi Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

With the semifinal victory, the 2013 U.S. GYNT will go on to win the first world championship medal for the United States for either gender at the youth or junior level. The U.S. (6-1) will play China (5-2) in Sunday’s gold medal match at 4 p.m. local time (2 a.m. PT). China defeated Peru in the semifinals, 17-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19, 23-21.

On Saturday, after the U.S. came back from a 9-6 deficit to win the fourth set, the match came down to the fifth-set tiebreaker. With the score tied 12-12, Alexa Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo.) entered the match to serve and Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) came through with a kill. The U.S. reached match point at 14-12 on a Brazil net violation and Mikaela Foecke (West Point, Iowa) won the match with a final kill.

“It’s a great win for this group of players,” U.S. GYNT Head Coach Jim Stone said. “Obviously, given the scores, the match could have gone either way. I am most pleased that we came from behind several times in the match, which is a real compliment to their competitiveness and teamwork. 

“Everyone is looking forward to a great match tomorrow.”

The GYNT led Brazil in kills (56-53) and also took advantage of 30 Brazil errors while committing 22. Brazil led in blocks (12-11) and in aces (6-4).

“I think both teams played very well,” U.S. Team Captain Taylor Tashima (Wilmette, Ill.) said. “It was such a great game. I’m really proud of my team. We are happy to be in the final for the first time in our history."

The GYNT’s previous best world championship finish was fourth in 2003 and ’05. The GYNT is ranked No. 5 in the world and serves as part of the high performance pipeline to the U.S. Women’s National Team, which is ranked No. 1 in the world.

On Saturday, Foecke led the United States with 17 points on 13 kills, three blocks and one ace. Audriana Fitzmorris (Overland Park, Kan.) added 14 points on eight attacks, a match-high five blocks and one ace. Smith scored 11 points on 10 kills and one block.

Lee totaled 10 points on nine kills and one block. Tia Scambray (Monarch Beach, Calif.) contributed nine points on nine attacks. Setter Jordyn Poulter (Aurora, Colo.) scored five points on three kills, one block and one ace. She was also credited with 29 running sets.

Molly Haggerty (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) scored four points on four kills. Molly Sauer (Louisville, Ky.) added one point with an ace.

Libero Kenzie Maloney (Louisville, Ky.) was credited with a team-high nine digs while Maloney led in excellent receptions with 15.

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. Haggerty started the fourth and fifth sets at outside hitter. Sauer and Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.) played as substitutes.

The U.S. got off to a slow start in the first set as Brazil took a 7-1 lead and won the set 25-16. The GYNT came back in the second set and took a 10-3 lead and sailed to the 25-14 set win. Brazil led 16-12 in the third set. The U.S. used a Brazil error and ace by Fitzmorris to pull to within two. But a U.S. hitting error and Brazil ace kept the South Americans in the lead and they went on to win. Brazil led the fourth set 9-6 when the U.S. scored on a Brazil error and Lee kill to pull to within one. The U.S. GYNT tied the score at 10-10 on another Lee attack and Brazil error. With the score still tied 12-12, the U.S. took the lead for good on a Brazil error, a block by Foecke and Poulter and a Foecke kill.

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 Coaches: 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

Classification 17-20 (Aug. 1)
(Match 49) Mexico def. Tunisia 25-23, 25-21, 25-15
(Match 50) Argentina def. Algeria 25-9, 25-10, 25-9

Round 8: Quarterfinals (Aug. 2)
(Match 51) Brazil def. Japan 25-23, 25-22, 25-22
(Match 52) United States def. Poland 25-22, 25-20, 26-24
(Match 53) China def. Dominican Republic 22-25, 20-25, 25-11, 25-22, 15-6
(Match 54) Peru def. Serbia 16-25, 25-22, 25-19, 21-25, 15-8

Playoff 9-16 (Aug. 2)
(Match 55) Italy def. Egypt 25-23, 25-18, 25-19
(Match 56) Chinese Taipei def. Puerto Rico 25-20, 28-26, 21-25, 18-25, 15-8
(Match 57) Turkey def. Thailand 25-21, 25-15, 25-10
(Match 58) Greece def. Slovenia 25-19, 24-26, 25-19, 25-18

Classification 17-20 (Aug. 2)
(Match 59) Mexico def. Algeria 25-6, 25-18, 25-19
(Match 60) Argentina def. Tunisia 25-14, 25-18, 25-5

Classification 13-16 (Aug. 3)
(Match 61) Puerto Rico def. Egypt 22-25, 26-24, 25-12, 25-22
(Match 62) Slovenia def. Thailand 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 20-25, 15-6

Classification 9-12 (Aug. 3)
(Match 63) Italy def. Chinese Taipei 25-23, 25-17, 25-12
(Match 64) Turkey def. Greece 17-25, 25-12, 25-21, 25-23

Classification 5-8 (Aug. 3)
(Match 65) Japan def. Poland 30-28, 25-23. 26-24
(Match 66) Serbia def. Dominican Republic 25-20, 20-25, 25-12 23-25, 18-16

Semifinals (Aug. 3)
(Match 67) United States def. Brazil 16-25, 25-14, 20-25, 25-17, 15-12
(Match 68) China def. Peru 17-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19, 23-21

Classification 17-20 (Aug. 3)
(Match 69) Argentina def. Mexico 27-25 23-25 25-17 25-16
(Match 70) Tunisia def. Algeria 20-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-15

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