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U.S. Girls' Youth Team Falls to Slovenia at Worlds

By Bill Kauffman | July 27, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman, USA Volleyball Senior Manager of Communications, Phone: 719-228-6800, Email: bill.kauffman@usav.org
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 27, 2013) – The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team lost to Slovenia 25-23, 25-15, 18-25, 25-22 as errors plagued the squad in its opening Pool C match of the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship being held July 26 to Aug. 4 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

The U.S., which was idle on the first day of the five-team Pool C round robin, continues action on July 28 versus Brazil (2-0) at 11 a.m. local time (9 p.m. PT on July 27). The Americans challenge NORCECA rival Dominican Republic on July 29 (9 p.m. PT on July 28) followed by Algeria on July 30 at midnight PT. Slovenia improved to 2-0 in the tournament.

Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) led the U.S. with 17 points via 12 kills on 26 swings and a match-high five blocks. Mikaela Foecke (West Point, Iowa) chipped in 11 kills on 22 attacks and four blocks for 15 points. Audriana Fitzmorris (Overland Park, Kan.) contributed 14 points via nine kills on 23 attacks, four blocks and an ace.

Alexa Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo.) came off the bench to provide five kills and an ace for six points, while Molly Haggerty (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) was totaled six points off the bench with three kills and three aces. Tia Scambray (Monarch Beach, Calif.) tallied five points with three kills, one block and once ace. Rounding out the scoring was Jordyn Poulter (Aurora, Colo.) with two points and Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.), Molly Sauer (Louisville, Ky.) and Danielle Cuttino (Indianapolis, Ind.) with a point each.

Poulter was credited with 34 running sets on 113 set attempts, while Kenzie Maloney (Louisville, Ky.) was credited with 10 excellent receptions on 32 attempts along with four digs. Lee chipped in a team-high five digs.

“We are looking forward to play with Brazil tomorrow,” U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team Head Coach Jim Stone said. “The competition is still long and we are still in the first step.”

The U.S. started Poulter at setter, Fitzmorris and Foecke at middle blocker, and Lee, Hodson and Scambray on the wing. Haggerty and Smith subbed into the match in the second set and started the final two sets in place of Hodson and Scambray. Sauer was a sub in the first and third sets, while Cuttino was a sub in the second set and captain Taylor Tashima (Wilmette, Ill.) was a sub in the fourth set.

The U.S. dominated the attack and block points with a 45-36 margin in kills and 15-11 advantage in blocks. However, the Americans committed 35 errors, 24 of which came off the attack, in the four-set loss to Slovenia’s 17. Slovenia managed an 11-8 edge in aces, along with a 29-17 advantage in digs.

Nika Markovic led Slovenia with 19 points and Anita Sobocan added 14 points.

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: Egypt vs. Puerto Rico, 4 p.m.
July 28: Thailand vs. Serbia, 6 p.m.
July 29: Tunisia vs. Egypt, 4 p.m.
July 29: Thailand vs. Puerto Rico, 6 p.m.
July 30: Serbia vs. Puerto Rico, 4 p.m.
July 30: Thailand vs. Tunisia, 6 p.m.

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: Greece vs. China, 4 p.m.
July 28: Poland vs. Argentina, 6 p.m.
July 29: Japan vs. Poland, 4 p.m.
July 29: Argentina vs. Greece, 6 p.m.
July 30: Greece vs. Japan, 4 p.m.
July 30: China vs. Argentina, 6 p.m.

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: Brazil vs. USA, 11 a.m. (10 p.m. MT on July 27)
July 28: Dominican Republic vs. Algeria, 2 p.m.
July 29: USA vs. Dominican Republic, 11 a.m. (10 p.m. MT on July 28)
July 29: Slovenia vs. Brazil, 2 p.m.
July 30: Dominican Republic vs. Slovenia, 11 a.m.
July 30: USA vs. Algeria, 2 p.m. (1 a.m. MT)

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 vs. Chinese Taipei, 11 a.m.
July 28: Mexico vs. Italy, 2 p.m.
July 29: Turkey vs. Peru, 11 a.m.
July 29: Chinese Taipei vs. Mexico, 2 p.m.
July 30: Italy vs. Chinese Taipei, 11 a.m.
July 30: Mexico vs. Turkey, 2 p.m.

Round of 16 (July 31)
B1 vs A4 (Match 41)
C2 vs D3 (Match 42)
B2 vs A3 (Match 43)
C1 vs D4 (Match 44)
D1 vs C4 (Match 45)
A2 vs B3 (Match 46)
D2 vs C3 (Match 47)
A1 vs B4 (Match 48)

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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