Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Twelve Players Selected for 2023 U19 Girls Pan Am Cup

The USA Volleyball National Team Development Program (NTDP) has announced the 12 players who will be representing the United States at the 2023 Girls U19 NORCECA Pan American Cup in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico from May 9th to 15th.

Out of a roster of 20 U19 National Team athletes who underwent training at the Anaheim National Team Training Center from April 30th to May 6th, these 12 athletes stood out for their exceptional skills and talent.

Head coach Keegan Cook expressed his satisfaction with the growth of these talented athletes, acknowledging their resilience and hard work throughout the training period. He commended their dedication to the sport and their impressive level of play.

Two players from the 2022 team that won the Girls U19 Pan American Cup in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and secured a spot in the 2023 FIVB U19 Girls World Championship have also made the roster. Julia Blyashov, an outside hitter, and Izzy Starck, a setter, bring their experience and expertise to the team. Blyashov has previously played on the 2021 Girls U18 Team, winning bronze at the 2021 FIVB U18 World Championship. She was also named MVP of the 18 Open division at the USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior National Championship in late April.

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Joining Blyashov and Starck in Puerto Rico are Blaire Bayless, Kaci Demaria, Teraya Sigler, Abby Vander Wal, Lizzy Andrew, Jaela Auguste, Calissa Minatee, Olivia Babcock, Logan Parks, and Ava Falduto. Suli Davis, Brooklyn DeLeye, Kelly Kinney, Taylor Harvey, Alec Rothe, Reese Messer, Taylor Yu, and Ryan McAleer have been selected as alternates for the team.

The Pan Am Cup will feature other teams from Canada, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The competition promises to be challenging and highly competitive.

In addition to the Pan Am Cup, the USA Volleyball team is also looking forward to participating in the 2023 FIVB Girls U19 World Championship, which will take place in Croatia and Hungary from August 1st to 11th.

To stay updated on the team’s progress, you can watch the live stream of the matches.

Roster:

  • Lizzy Andrew (MB, 6-5, 2005, Ridgefield, Wash., Ridgefield HS, Columbia Empire)
  • Jaela Auguste (MB, 6-2, 2006, Spring, Texas, Grand Oaks HS, Lonestar)
  • Olivia Babcock (OPP, 6-4, 2005, Los Angeles, Calif., Sierra Canyon HS, Southern California)
  • Blaire Bayless (OH, 6-2, 2005, Plano, Texas, Plano West Senior HS, North Texas)
  • Julia Blyashov (OH, 6-3, 2005, San Diego, Calif., Cathedral Catholic HS, Southern California)
  • Kaci Demaria (OH, 6-4, 2007, San Pedro, Calif., Palos Verdes HS, Southern California)
  • Ava Falduto (L, 5-7, 2006, Elmhurst, Ill., IC Catholic Prep, Great Lakes)
  • Calissa Minatee (MB, 6-0, 2005, Kansas City, Mo., University of Minnesota, Heart of America)
  • Logan Parks (OPP/S, 5-11, 2006, Overland Park, Kan., Blue Valley North HS, Heart of America)
  • Teraya Sigler (OH, 6-2, 2006, Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz., Arizona)
  • Izzy Starck (S, 6-1, 2006, Colorado Springs, Colo., Rampart HS, Rocky Mountain)
  • Abby Vander Wal (OH, 6-3, 2006, Elmhurst, Ill., Timothy Christian HS, Great Lakes)
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Head Coach: Keegan Cook
Assistant Coaches: Krista Hendrickson, Cursty Le Roux
Performance Analyst: Virginia Pham
Athletic Trainer: Cherryl Bueno
Team Lead: Courtney Smith

Alternates:

  • Suli Davis (OH, 6-2, 2007, Euless, Texas, Colleyville Heritage HS, North Texas)
  • Brooklyn DeLeye (OH, 6-2, 2005, Auburn, Kan., Washburn Rural HS, Heart of America)
  • Taylor Harvey (MB, 6-3, 2006, Bountiful, Utah, Bountiful HS, Intermountain)
  • Kelly Kinney (OH, 6-2, 2007, West Palm Beach, Fla., The King’s Academy, Florida)
  • Ryan McAleer (L, 5-5, 2005, Leawood, Kan., Blue Valley HS, Heart of America)
  • Reese Messer (S, 5-11, 2006, Olathe, Kan., Saint James Academy, Heart of America)
  • Alec Rothe (MB, 6-3, 2006, Dublin, Ohio, Dublin Scioto HS, Ohio Valley)
  • Taylor Yu (S, 6-0, 2006, Temple City, Calif., Temple City HS, Southern California)

U.S. Schedule

  • Tuesday, May 9 (all times PT): USA vs. U.S. Virgin Islands (11 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, May 10: USA vs. Costa Rica (11 a.m.)
  • Thursday, May 11: USA vs. Mexico (1 p.m.)

FAQs

Q: Which teams will be participating in the 2023 Girls U19 Pan Am Cup?
A: The participating teams in the 2023 Girls U19 Pan Am Cup include Canada, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the United States.

Q: Who are the alternates for the U.S. team?
A: The alternates for the U.S. team are Suli Davis, Brooklyn DeLeye, Taylor Harvey, Kelly Kinney, Ryan McAleer, Reese Messer, Alec Rothe, and Taylor Yu.

Summary

The USA Volleyball National Team Development Program has announced the 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2023 Girls U19 NORCECA Pan American Cup in Puerto Rico. These athletes were chosen from a pool of 20 U19 National Team athletes who underwent training at the Anaheim National Team Training Center. Head coach Keegan Cook expressed his satisfaction with the team’s growth and is confident in their abilities. Two players from the 2022 championship-winning team are returning, adding experience to the roster. The team will face tough competition from other countries in the tournament. Additionally, USA Volleyball looks forward to participating in the 2023 FIVB Girls U19 World Championship later this year.

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