Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

Girls U19 National Team Ready for Pan Am Cup Showdown

The U.S. Girls Under-19 National Team is gearing up for an exciting competition at the Pan American Cup in Tulsa, Oklahoma from July 18-23. This talented team of twelve athletes has been carefully selected from a training team of twenty, who have been practicing together since July 5 in Tulsa.

A Mix of Experience and Fresh Talent

Five players from the 2021 team that won bronze at the FIVB Girls U18 World Championship in Mexico are returning this year. Libero Laney Choboy, outside hitters Julia Blyashov and Harper Murray, middle blocker Maggie Mendelson, and setter Bergen Reilly will bring their experience and skills to the team.

Joining them are seven players who will be competing on their first age-group national team. Middle blockers Nya Bunton and Andi Jackson, outside hitters Kira Hutson, Cari Spears, and Torrey Stafford, opposite Abigail Mullen, and setter Izzy Starck are all eager to make their mark in the competition.

The coaching staff remains consistent, with Head Coach Jamie Morrison and Assistant Coach Michelle Chatman returning from the 2021 U19 Girls Team. They will be joined by Assistant Coach Keegan Cook, the women’s head coach at the University of Washington.

A Promising Journey Ahead

According to Head Coach Jamie Morrison, this training block has been an incredible experience for all the athletes. It has been a period of intense learning and competition, and he can’t wait to see what the twelve selected athletes will accomplish in the upcoming competition.

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The U.S. Girls U19 National Team will face their first challenge on Monday as they go up against Mexico at 6 p.m. CDT. The Pan American Cup serves as a qualifier for the 2023 FIVB Girls U19 World Championship, adding even more excitement to the tournament.

FAQs

Q: How many athletes have been selected for the U.S. Girls Under-19 National Team?
A: A total of twelve athletes have been selected for the team.

Q: Which players are returning from the 2021 team?
A: Libero Laney Choboy, outside hitters Julia Blyashov and Harper Murray, middle blocker Maggie Mendelson, and setter Bergen Reilly are all returning from the 2021 team.

Q: Who are the coaches for the U.S. Girls U19 National Team?
A: Head Coach Jamie Morrison and Assistant Coach Michelle Chatman return from the 2021 team, and they are joined by Assistant Coach Keegan Cook.

Conclusion

The U.S. Girls Under-19 National Team is well-prepared and excited to compete in the Pan American Cup. With a mix of experienced players and fresh talent, they are poised to make a strong impression on the international stage. Stay tuned to see how they fare in this thrilling tournament!

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