U.S. Girls' Youth Finish First in Pool Play at Worlds

By Kristina Harter | July 30, 2013, 3:49 p.m. (ET)

Kristina Harter, USA Volleyball Communications Intern, Phone: (719) 228-6800, Email: Kristina.harter@usav.org
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 30, 2013) – Nothing could hold the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team back as it cruised past Algeria 25-12, 25-18, 25-7 to take first in Pool C at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship being held in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

The U.S. victory over Algeria set the record for the fastest win at the 2013 World Championship at 58 minutes. The U.S. finished pool with a 3-1 record and nine points as did Brazil. However, the U.S. ended the pool as the top seed with a better set ratio (10-3 to 9-5), which was aided by a three-set win over the Brazilians.The Americans secured a spot in the Round of 16 where they match up against Chinese Taipei on Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. local time.

In the opening set, Team USA was off to an early 7-1 lead and proceeded to control the remainder of the set with a 25-12 victory.  Algeria rallied for a tighter second set, trailing by three at 17-14. However, the U.S. put an end to that as it went on an 8-4 run to close the set 25-18. The Americans dominated the final set as they pushed out to an early 12-1 advantage. The U.S. efficiently captured the set 25-7 and the 3-0 match finishing first in Pool C.

“I thought that we played very consistently against Algeria,” U.S. Girls' Youth National Volleyball Team Head Coach Jim Stone said. “We wanted to avoid any mental letdown and the players wanted to win the pool. To insure that, we had to win 3-0 versus Algeria.”

For the match, Haley Hodson (Newport Beach, Claif.) and Danielle Cuttino (Indianapolis, Ind.) combined for 24 points.  Hodson scored 12 points with six kills, three aces and three blocks, while Cuttino chalked up six kills, five blocks and an ace. Mikaela Foecke (West Point, Iowa) chipped in 11 points with six kills, three blocks and two aces.

Tia Scambray (Monarch Beach, Calif.) was credited with 10 points, while Molly Haggerty (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) added nine points with seven kills and two aces. Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) tallied three kills, Audriana Fitzmorris (Overland Park, Kan.) added two kills, and Alexa Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo.) rounded out the scoring with a kill.

Taylor Tashima (Wilmette, Ill.) was credited with 23 running sets on 65 set attempts as the Americans converted 44.4 percent of their attacks with a .300 hitting efficiency (40-13-90). On her birthday, Kenzie Maloney (Louisville, Ky.) took a team-high 15 service receptions in the victory.

The U.S. out-blocked Algeria 12-1 and also out-served its opponent with an 8-3 ace margin.

Stone started Tashima at setter, Lee and Scambray at outside hitter, Cuttino and Foecke at middle blocker and Hodson at opposite. Maloney was the libero for the match. Fitzmorris started the second set in place of Cuttino at middle blocker, while Haggerty was a sub in the first set and started the final two sets at outside hitter. Molly Sauer (Louisville, Ky.) was a sub in the final two sets. Smith started the final set for Scambray.

“I thought that Taylor Tashima and Danielle Cutino did a good job in their starting role,” Stone said. “We are looking forward to our next match against Taipei to get to the round of eight.”

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: 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)
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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