Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Girls U19 Triumph over Italy, Advancing to Gold Medal Match at Worlds

The U.S. Girls U19 National Team displayed their exceptional skills and determination by defeating Italy with a score of 3-1 in the semifinals of the 2023 FIVB World Championship. This thrilling victory secured their place in the finals, where they will face Türkiye. The match will take place on Friday at 12 p.m. PDT. The U.S. team boasts an impressive record in previous editions of the tournament, having won medals in four out of the last five championships.

Led by Head Coach Jamie Morrison, the U.S. Girls U19 team showcased their resilience and continuous improvement throughout the tournament. Coach Morrison expressed his pride in the team’s performance, stating, “This group is truly special. We stayed true to ourselves and grew stronger with each match. It’s an honor to compete for the gold medal and demonstrate our abilities to the Croatian community and the world.”

Key player Abby Vander Wal, an outstanding outside hitter, delivered a remarkable performance, scoring 21 points with 17 kills, three blocks, and an ace. Middle blockers Ayden Ames and Favor Anyanwu also made significant contributions with 13 points each. Ames showcased her skills with 10 kills and three blocks, while Anyanwu recorded six kills and an impressive seven blocks, helping the U.S. team outblock Italy by 14-9.

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Throughout the match, the U.S. team demonstrated their dominance, leading Italy in kills with a score of 50-43. The disparity was particularly evident in the fourth set, where the U.S. secured a 14-8 kill advantage. Notably, Teraya Sigler, an exceptional outside hitter, registered nine kills and an ace, while Abigail Mullen, the team’s opposite, contributed seven points with five kills and two aces. Setter Campbell Flynn also displayed her versatility, scoring six points with three kills, a block, and two aces. Libero Olivia Mauch led the team with 12 digs, while Vander Wal, Sigler, and Mullen each added seven.

In the first set, the U.S. took a commanding lead with a 5-0 run, ultimately winning the set with a score of 25-19. Vander Wal played a crucial role in this set, contributing six points through four kills, one block, and one ace. Both teams recorded 12 kills, but the U.S. held the advantage in blocks (4-2) and aces (3-0).

Although Italy led for most of the second set, the U.S. team staged an impressive comeback, ultimately securing a two-set lead. Anyanwu, with five points comprising two kills and three blocks, and Vander Wal, with five points, played key roles in this set. Despite Italy recording one more kill (11-10), the U.S. team’s advantage in blocks (6-2) propelled them to victory.

In the third set, Italy managed to take a three-point lead after a 5-1 run. However, the U.S. team fought back, reducing the deficit to one point (21-20) with a well-timed block. Unfortunately, Italy secured the final four points, including two aces, winning the set. Vander Wal contributed six points in this set with five kills and a block.

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The U.S. team showcased their unwavering strength and control in the fourth set, soaring to a 7-0 lead. Although Italy mounted a comeback with a 6-2 run, the U.S. team responded by scoring four consecutive points and maintained a lead of at least five points until the end of the set.

With 24 teams competing from around the world, the FIVB World Championship remains an intense battle of skills and determination.


Q: How many teams are participating in the 2023 FIVB World Championship?
A: There are a total of 24 teams from around the world competing in the championship.

Q: When and where will the finals take place?
A: The finals of the tournament will be held on Friday at 12 p.m. PDT. The U.S. Girls U19 National Team will face off against Türkiye.

Q: Which players have made significant contributions to the U.S. team’s success?
A: Outside hitter Abby Vander Wal delivered an outstanding performance, leading the team with 21 points and 17 kills. Middle blockers Ayden Ames and Favor Anyanwu also played key roles, scoring 13 points each.


The U.S. Girls U19 National Team’s victory over Italy in the semifinals of the 2023 FIVB World Championship has earned them a coveted spot in the finals. Led by their talented players and dedicated coaching staff, the team has exhibited exceptional skills and resilience throughout the tournament. As they prepare to compete for the gold medal, the U.S. team aims to showcase their abilities and continue making their mark on the international volleyball stage. For more information about the team and their journey, visit the official website of Alpinetgheep.

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