COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 17, 2013) – The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team (GYNT) finalized its 12-player roster that will be used for the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship set for July 25 to Aug. 4 in Nakhon Ratchisima, Thailand.
U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team Head Coach Jim Stone and his staff selected middle blockers Danielle Cuttino (Indianapolis, Ind., CCVBC/Hoosier Region), Audriana Fitzmorris (Overland Park, Kan., MAVS/Heart of America Region) and Mikaela Foecke (West Point, Iowa, Iowa Rockets/Iowa Region). Outside/opposites hitters selected for the World Championship roster are Molly Haggerty (Glen Ellyn, Ill., Sports Performance/Great Lakes Region), Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif., T Street/Southern California Region), Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis., Club Fusion/Great Lakes Region), Tia Scambray (Monarch Beach, Calif., T Street/Southern California Region) and Alexa Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo., Colorado Juniors/Rocky Mountain Region).
Setters among the exclusive group are Jordyn Poulter (Aurora, Colo., Front Range/Rocky Mountain Region) and Taylor Tashima (Wilmette, Ill., Wildcat Juniors, Great Lakes Region). The liberos selected for the roster are Kenzie Maloney (Louisville, Ky., KIVA/Pioneer Region) and Molly Sauer (Louisville, Ky., KIVA/Pioneer Region).
“I like our team,” Stone said. “We have some very athletic middles, two very accurate setters and good ball control outside hitters. I especially like the two libero/back row players that are on the roster. Several members of the team were on the NORCECA gold-medal team, and several others were on the A2 team that was in Europe last summer. So, most of the team has played international matches, which is a definite plus."
The 12 players were selected from a pool of 16 athletes taking part in a third tryout and training session that started July 8 at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif., which serves as the USA Men’s and Women’s National Teams Center.
“Players have given great effort in the first week of practice,” Stone said. “It is so challenging to take players from a wide variety of backgrounds and form a team is such a short time. But, I feel they are listening, working and trying to the best of their abilities to form a team that can be competitive.”
The U.S. qualified for the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U-18 World Championship by winning the 2012 NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship held in Mexico last August. Fitzmorris, Hodson, Lee, Scambray and Tashima are carryovers from the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team.
2013 U.S. Girls' Youth National Volleyball 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