Thursday, 23 May 2024

Twenty Talented U19 Players on Roster for Girls Pan Am Cup

USA Volleyball is excited to announce the 20 athletes who have been selected for the 2023 Girls U19 NORCECA Pan American Cup Roster. These young athletes have displayed exceptional talent and dedication, earning them a coveted spot on the team that will be competing in the upcoming tournament in Ciudad de Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico.

The team will undergo intensive training from April 30 to May 6 at the Anaheim National Team Training Center in preparation for the Pan American Cup. Guiding the U19 team will be the experienced and accomplished head coach, Keegan Cook, with assistance from Krista Hendrickson and Cursty Le Roux.

This selection of athletes represents a diverse range of ages and national team experience, ensuring a bright future for USA Volleyball. Two players from the 2022 Girls U19 team that clinched victory at the Pan American Cup and secured a spot in the 2023 FIVB U19 Girls World Championship, Julia Blyashov and Izzy Starck, have earned their place once again. Additionally, two players who served as alternates in the 2022 Girls U19 team, Olivia Babcock and Alec Rothe, have been given the opportunity to showcase their skills on the court.

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The 2023 roster introduces several new outside hitters, including Blaire Bayless, Suli Davis, Brooklyn DeLeye, Kaci Demaria, Kelly Kinney, Teraya Sigler, and Abby Vander Wal. The team’s middle blockers will now include Lizzy Andrew, Jaela Auguste, Taylor Harvey, and Calissa Minatee. Logan Parks joins the team as a new opposite/setter, while Taylor Yu and Reese Messer step in as the new setters. Ava Falduto and Ryan McAleer have been selected as the liberos for the team.

USA Volleyball is thrilled to participate in the 2023 Girls U19 Pan American Cup, which was added to the NORCECA calendar as a late addition. The organization looks forward to showcasing their talent and competing in both the Pan Am Cup and the 2023 FIVB Girls U19 World Championship. The roster for the World Championship in Croatia and Hungary from August 1 to 11 will be announced later this year.


Q: Who is the head coach for the U19 team?
A: Keegan Cook, the head coach of the Minnesota women’s team, will lead the U19 team.

Q: How many players from the roster will be chosen to compete at the Girls U19 NORCECA Pan American Cup?
A: Twelve players will be chosen to represent the U19 team at the Girls U19 NORCECA Pan American Cup.

Q: Are there any returning players from the previous Girls U19 team?
A: Yes, Julia Blyashov and Izzy Starck, who were part of the 2022 team, have earned their place on the 2023 Girls U19 roster.

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USA Volleyball proudly presents the talented roster of 20 athletes for the 2023 Girls U19 NORCECA Pan American Cup. Head Coach Keegan Cook, along with his coaching staff, will guide these young athletes as they prepare for the intense competition in Puerto Rico. With a mix of experienced players and promising newcomers, the team is set to make a strong impression at the tournament. Stay tuned for updates on their journey and cheer on these rising volleyball stars.

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