U.S. Girls' Youth Team Sweeps No. 2 Brazil at Worlds

By Bill Kauffman | July 28, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 28, 2013) – The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team swept Brazil (2-1) 25-17, 25-15, 25-21 to improve to 1-1 in Pool C of the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship being held in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

The U.S. challenge NORCECA rival Dominican Republic on July 29 (9 p.m. PT on July 28) before closing out pool play versus Algeria on July 30 at midnight PT. Brazil, ranked second in the world in the youth level, concludes pool play on July 29 versus Slovenia (2-0), which is idle today.

Team USA, which lost to Slovenia in four sets in its first pool match thanks in part to its own 35 errors, limited its errors versus Brazil to 12 in the three set victory. The Americans projected advantages in every scoring skill: 32-30 in kills, 12-8 in blocks and 8-3 in aces. Further, the U.S. took advantage of 23 errors by Brazil.

“Today's win against Brazil is a big step forward for this group,” U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team Head Coach Jim Stone said. “In a tournament such as this with such limited training time, we must improve daily with the experiences we gather against each opponent. The team did a great job of learning from yesterday's match with Slovenia and was much better today against a very good Brazilian team.”

Tia Scambray (Monarch Beach, Calif.) paced the U.S. with 14 points via eight kills on 19 errorless attacks, four blocks and two aces. Alexa Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo.) charted eight kills on 27 swings and two aces for 10 points. Mikaela Foecke (West Point, Iowa) contributed eight points with six kills on nine errorless attacks, one block and one ace.

Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) turned in seven kills on 22 swings and a block for eight points. Audriana Fitzmorris (Overland Park, Kan.) totaled four blocks and three kills for seven points. Jordyn Poulter (Aurora, Colo.) pocketed three points on two blocks and an ace, while Molly Sauer (Louisville, Ky.) was a serving specialist recording two aces.

“Today's match with Brazil was a much better performance by our team,” Lee said. “Both our serve and serve receive was much better than yesterday. To beat Brazil should provide a good level of confidence as we move forward in our remaining pool matches.”

The U.S. converted 36.4 percent of its attacks for points with a .261 hitting efficiency (32-9-88) as Poulter compiled 28 running sets on 65 set attempts. Kenzie Maloney (Louisville, Ky.) was credited with a team-high five digs to go with seven excellent receptions on 19 attempts.

The U.S. started Poulter at setter, Fitzmorris and Foecke at middle blocker, and Lee, Scambray and Smith on the wing. Maloney was in the libero jersey. Sauer was a sub in all three sets, while Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.) came off the bench in the third set.

Brazil used 11 different players in the match trying to find a combination to win with Gabriela Candido Da Silva leading nine players in the scoring column with nine points. Brazil was limited to a 30.3 kill percent and .172 hitting efficiency (30-13-99).

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: United States def. Brazil 25-17, 25-15, 25-21
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 def. Chinese Taipei 23-25, 25-19, 25-27, 25-20, 15-9
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.