U.S. Girls' Youth Blanks Dominican Republic at Worlds

By Bill Kauffman | July 29, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 29, 2013) – After a sluggish start in the opening set, the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team powered past NORCECA rival Dominican Republic 25-21, 25-15, 25-22 Monday morning in Pool C of the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship being held in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

The U.S., now 2-1 with six points in Pool C, concludes pool play versus Algeria on July 30 at midnight PT. With the victory, Team USA, now in second place in Pool C, has cemented itself a spot in to the Round of 16 on July 31. Dominican Republic, now 1-2 with three points in Pool C, wraps up pool play on July 30 versus Slovenia (2-0 prior to playing Brazil later today).

The U.S. rallied from a 10-3 deficit in the opening set to win 25-21 as the middle blockers combined for 12 points in leading the charge. The Americans took charge of the second set with a 5-0 run to establish a 14-8 advantage, then reached set point with a 6-0 run before winning 25-15. After the Americans bolted to a 4-0 advantage in the third set, the U.S. needed to come back from a 21-17 late deficit to win 25-22 on an 8-1 scoring run to end the match.

We got great play from our non-starters today," U.S. Girls' Youth National Volleyball Team Head Coach Jim Stone said. "Haley Hodson, Molly Sauer and Molly Haggerty came in at various times and made significant contributions. We are getting better each match, which is one of our goals.

The U.S. middle blocking tandem combined for a total of 31 points in the match as Mikaela Foecke (West Point, Iowa) led the Americans with 16 points with 15 kills on 25 attacks and one block. Audriana Fitzmorris (Overland Park, Kan.) chipped in 11 kills on 12 errorless swings, three blocks and an ace for 15 points.

Jordyn Poulter (Aurora, Colo.) collected three kills and three blocks from her setter position. Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) and Tia Scambray (Monarch Beach, Calif.) charted five kills each. Molly Haggerty (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) registered four kills and Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.) added three kills and ace for four points. Alexa Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo.) rounded out the scoring with a kill and ace for two points.

Kenzie Maloney (Louisville, Ky.) picked up seven excellent receptions on 28 attempts to go with a team-tying high two digs. Poulter was credited with 41 running sets on a total of 84 set attempts.

Team USA enjoyed a 47-25 advantage in kills during the match that led to a 43.5 kill percent and .333 hitting efficiency (47-11-108). In addition, the Americans produced a slim 7-5 margin in blocks as both teams served three aces. The U.S. took advantage of 25 Dominican Republic errors and limited its own mistakes to 18 in the victory.

The U.S. started Poulter at setter, Fitzmorris and Foecke at middle blocker, Lee at opposite and Scambray and Smith at outside hitter. Maloney was in the libero jersey. Haggerty subbed into the first set and started the final two sets in place of Smith, who re-entered as a sub in the third set. Molly Sauer (Louisville, Ky.) was a sub in all three sets, while Hodson came off the bench in the final two sets.

"This was a great team win," Sauer said. "We had a kinda shaky start, but played well the last two sets. We are all looking forward to playing Algeria tomorrow and seeing where that puts us in the pool."

Dominican Republic was paced by Elizabeth Martinez’s 10 points.

Dominican Republic built a 3-1 lead early in the first set, but the Smith came back with a kill and ace to knot the score at 3-all. However, Dominican Republic rattled off seven unanswered points with two aces to go up 10-3. Team USA responded with a 5-1 scoring run with Foecke and Scambray collecting two kills each prompting a Dominican Republic timeout with its lead trimmed to 11-8. The U.S. closed to within two at 12-10 with a Dominican Republic attack error. Team USA scored three unanswered points out of the second technical timeout with a Scambray kill, block by Foecke and Dominican Republic error to level the score at 16-all. The Americans took the lead at 17-16 with a Dominican Republic error to cap a 4-0 scoring run. Foecke collected consecutive kills to yield a two-point American cushion at 19-17, but two American errors allowed Dominican Republic to square the set at 20-all. Fitzmorris scored two kills around a block and Dominican Republic error as the Americans closed out the first set with a 4-0 run and 25-21 victory. Foecke ended the opening set with seven points and Fitzmorris added five points as the middle blockers combined for 12 points.

Fitzmorris and Scambray hammered huge kills on consecutive plays to provide the Americans a 5-3 advantage early in the second set, but Dominican Republic answered with back-to-back points to tie the score at 5-all. Foecke turned in consecutive kills to lift the U.S. to an 8-6 advantage at the first technical timeout. Foecke and Poulter combined for a block for the first point out of the break to extend the American lead to 9-6, but the Dominican Republic returned to within one at 9-8 with an ace. Foecke tooled the block, which was followed by a Dominican Republic error and Poulter overpass kill prompting Dominican Republic to call timeout down 12-8. Team USA increased its advantage to 14-8 with a Dominican Republic attack error and Haggerty kill after Foecke saved the rally with a great dig. Dominican Republic sliced two points off the deficit at 14-10. Leading 18-14, the U.S. went on a 6-0 run highlighted by two Foecke kills, a Hodson ace and two blocks by Poulter. Team USA ended the set with a Haggerty cross-court winner at 25-15.

Team USA rolled to a 4-0 lead to start the third set with Fitzmorris, Haggerty and Lee all picking up a kill. Dominican Republic closed the gap to one point at 6-5, only to have Scambray down a kill followed by a Dominican Republic attack into the antenna to yield an American 8-5 advantage at the first technical timeout. Dominican Republic came out of the break with three straight points to level the score at 8-all, then took went in front 12-10 with three unanswered points leading into a USA timeout. Dominican Republic inched its lead to 14-11, but the Americans responded with three unanswered points to knot the score at 14-all with Fitzmorris turning in two blocks along with a kill. Dominican Republic went into the second technical timeout up 16-14 following an American hitting error. The U.S. squared the set at 16-all with a Smith kill followed by a Fitzmorris ace. Dominican Republic rattled off four straight points with three American errors to grab a 21-17 advantage. Hodson stopped the run with a kill and Foecke slammed consecutive kills off the slide to narrow the U.S. deficit to a single point at 21-20 going into a Dominican Republic timeout. The Americans continued the run with a fourth and fifth points twith a Poulter block and Foecke kill regain the lead at 22-21. Team USA grabbed set and match points at 24-22 with a Hodson backrow kill and Dominican Republic attack error at 24-22. The U.S. ended the set immediately on a Dominican Republic attack error at 25-22.

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: Puerto Rico def. Egypt 25-16, 25-20, 25-21
July 28: Serbia def. Thailand 25-17, 25-22, 25-12
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: 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 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 def. Algeria 25-10, 25-14, 25-10
July 29: USA def. Dominican Republic 25-21, 25-15, 25-22
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: Italy def. Mexico 25-15, 25-12, 25-17
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.