U.S. Girls' Team Takes Silver, Makes History

Aug. 04, 2013, 10:05 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 4, 2013) – The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team (GYNT) made history on Sunday as it took the silver medal at the FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship at Chatchi Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

The U.S. GYNT fell to China in Sunday’s gold medal match, 25-16, 25-21, 25-23. However, it still became the first U.S. volleyball team of either gender to win a world championship medal at the youth or junior level.

Both the U.S. and China finished the tournament with 6-2 records. Brazil took the bronze medal, defeating Peru, 25-19, 25-23, 25-12.

“China was certainly the better team today,” U.S. Head Coach Jim Stone said. “Our goal was to get a medal and today we made it silver, so that made me very happy and very proud of my team. Also this tournament was conducted beautifully, very well organized, good facilities, so we are very happy to be here.”

U.S. middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris (Overland Park, Kan.) was named the tournament's Best Blocker, finishing with 25 blocks on 98 attempts and an average of .93 blocks per set. Setter Setter Jordyn Poulter (Aurora, Colo.) was named Best Setter, finishing with 210 running sets and nine faults on 596 attempts and an average of 7.78 running sets per set.

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 Sunday, China led in kills (46-32) and aces (7-3), while the U.S. led the blocking (7-4). The U.S. struggled with passing as it was credited with 11 digs and 41 digging errors. China was credited with 13 digs and 27 digging errors.

Mikaela Foecke (West Point, Iowa) and Molly Haggerty (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) led the U.S. in scoring with nine points each. Foecke had seven kills and two blocks while Haggerty, who started the second and third sets, scored on a team-high nine kills.

Among other U.S. scorers, Tia Scambray (Monarch Beach, Calif.) added seven points on four attacks, one block and team-high two aces. Setter Jordyn Poulter (Aurora, Colo.) contributed five points on two attacks, two blocks and one ace and was also credited with 16 running sets. Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.) started the third set and scored five points on four kills and one block.

Fitzmorris totaled three points on two attacks and one block. Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) started the first two sets and scored three points on three kills. Alexa Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo.) started the first set and scored one point with a kill.

Libero Kenzie Maloney (Louisville, Ky.) was credited with a team-high five digs and a team-high seven excellent receptions. Setter Team Captain Taylor Tashima (Wilmette, Ill.) played as a substitute in the third set and was credited with three running sets.

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 substituted in the first set and started the second and third. Hodson started the third set. Molly Sauer (Menomonee Falls, Wis.), Danielle Cuttino (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Tashima all played as substitutes.
In the first set, China jumped out to a 7-2 lead and the U.S. never recovered. The second set was much closer. With the score tied 14-14, Haggerty scored with a kill and China was called for a net violation, giving the U.S. a 16-14 lead at the second technical timeout. However China scored the next three points to retake the lead. With the score tied 20-20, China reached set point with a kill, two straight U.S. errors and an ace. Haggerty held off the loss with an attack before China won the set on a U.S. violation.

China led the third set 19-12 when the U.S. used a 6-3 run to pull to within four at 22-18. China reached match point at 24-19. Hodson responded with a kill, a block and another kill followed by a Scambray block to pull to within one at 24-23 before China won with a kill from the middle.

 

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

Finals 1-16 (Aug. 4)
(Match 71) Egypt def. Thailand 20-25, 25-21, 25-20, 18-25, 15-8
(Match 72) Slovenia def. Puerto Rico 25-17, 27-25, 24-26, 26-24
(Match 73) Chinese Taipei def. Greece 25-23, 25-18, 14-25, 25-22
(Match 74) Turkey def. Italy 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 18-25, 15-12
(Match 75) Poland def. Dominican Republic 25-11, 19-25, 25-16, 25-14
(Match 76) Japan def. Serbia 14-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 15-13
(Match 77) Brazil def. Peru, 25-19, 25-23, 25-12 (Bronze)
(Match 78) China def. United States 25-16, 25-21, 25-23 (Gold)

Final Ranking
1 China, 2 USA, 3 Brazil, 4 Peru, 5 Japan, 6 Serbia, 7 Poland, 8 Dominican Republic, 9 Turkey, 10 Italy, 11 Chinese Taipei, 12 Greece, 13 Slovenia, 14 Puerto Rico, 15 Egypt, 16 Thailand, 17 Argentina, 18 Mexico, 19 Tunisia, 20 Algeria

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