U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team Reduced to 16 for Third Tryout

By Bill Kauffman | June 16, 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. (June 16, 2013) – The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Training Team (GYNTT) was reduced from 26 players to 16 on Sunday morning at the conclusion of a three-day second tryout held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team Head Coach Jim Stone and his staff selected middle blockers Rhamat Alhassan (Glenarder, Md.), Danielle Cuttino (Indianapolis, Ind.), Audriana Fitzmorris (Overland Park, Kan.), Mikaela Foecke (West Point, Iowa) and Christian Jones (Lakewood, Calif.). Selected outside/opposites hitters selected for third tryout are Molly Haggerty (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.), Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.), Tia Scambray (Monarch Beach, Calif.), Courtney Schwan (Milton, Wash.) and Alexa Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Setters among the exclusive group are Jordyn Poulter (Aurora, Colo.) and Taylor Tashima (Wilmette, Ill.). The liberos selected for the final tryout are Kenzie Maloney (Louisville, Ky.), Cat McCoy (Southlake, Texas) and Molly Sauer (Louisville, Ky.)

“It was extremely difficult to make the selections, and we knew that going into the tryouts,” Stone said. “Some kids were very close statistically at the end, and it was not easy decisions at any position.”

The remaining 16 players will participate in a third training session July 8-21 in Anaheim, Calif., at the American Sports Centers, which also serves as the USA Men’s and Women’s National Teams Center. During the third tryout, the roster will be reduced to the maximum 12 players who will represent the United States in the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U-18 World Championship to be held July 25 to Aug. 4 at Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

“We had very good athletes taking part in this tryout over the weekend, many touching as high as 10-8,” Stone said. “We have very big, athletic kids. Our challenge in this next training session will be getting their skill levels to catch up to their athleticism going into the World Championship.”

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, Jones, Lee, Scambray, Schwan and Tashima are carryovers from the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team.

Player (Position, Grad Year, Hometown, Club, Region)
Rhamat Alhassan (MB, 2014, Glenarder, Md., Metro American, Chesapeake)
Danielle Cuttino (MB, 2014, Indianapolis, Ind., CCVBC, Hoosier)
Audriana Fitzmorris (MB, 2016, Overland Park, Kan., Asics MAVS, Heart of America)
Mikaela Foecke (MB, 2015, West Point, Iowa, Iowa Rockets, Iowa)
Molly Haggerty (OH, 2016, Glen Ellyn, Ill., Sports Performance, Great Lakes)
Hayley Hodson (OH, 2015, Newport Beach, Calif., T Street, Southern California)
Christian Jones (MB, 2014, Lakewood, Calif., T Street, Southern California)
Simone Lee (OH, 2014, Menomonee Falls, Wis., Club Fusion, Great Lakes)
Kenzie Maloney (L, 2015, Louisville, Ky., KIVA, Pioneer)
Cat McCoy (L, 2014, Southlake, Texas, Texas Advantage, North Texas)
Jordyn Poulter (S, 2015, Aurora, Colo., Front Range, Rocky Mountain)
Molly Sauer (L, 2015, Louisville, Ky., KIVA, Pioneer)
Tia Scambray (OH, 2014, Monarch Beach, Calif., T Street, Southern California)
Courtney Schwan (OH, 2014, Milton, Wash., Kent Juniors, Puget Sound)
Alexa Smith (OH, 2015, Colorado Springs, Colo., Colorado Juniors, Rocky Mountain)
Taylor Tashima (S, 2014, Wilmette, Ill., Wildcat Juniors, Great Lakes)

Head Coach: Jim Stone
Assistant Coach: Nick Cheronis, Lindsey Devine
Technical Assistant: Spike Summers
Team Leader: Denise Sheldon