Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

USAV Announces 2017 Girls Youth National Training Team

At the 2016 Olympic Games, volleyball coach Jim Stone had a moment of recognition while watching China receive their gold medals. He realized that the Chinese team had once been the Youth National Team six years prior. This realization underscores the importance and potential of the Youth National Team in developing top volleyball players in the United States.

The Youth National Team provides its members with the unique opportunity to compete against and learn from the best players in the world. Although the team trains for just two weeks, as opposed to the months that other teams have together, they are determined to find a way to compete and win.

Today, USA Volleyball is proud to announce the 20 athletes who have been selected for the U.S. Youth National Training Team. These talented individuals will undergo intensive preparation from July 27 to August 17 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. At the end of the training camp, the final 12 players will be chosen to represent the United States in practice sessions and matches against U18 teams from Brazil, Japan, and Italy. Following this, they will participate in the 2017 FIVB Girls U18 World Championship in Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina, from August 18 to 27.

Head of Delegation, Lizzy Briones, expresses the team’s ambition to bring home the gold. This talented group of athletes, coupled with their experienced coaching staff, holds great potential. Setting team goals and achieving them will be the foundation for future success at this age group. The aim is to emerge on top in the pool play and return with a well-deserved medal.

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The U.S., currently ranked number one in the world, will compete in Pool B alongside Russia, the 2017 European U18 champions, Brazil, the 2017 South American champions, Belarus, and Mexico. The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team has a remarkable track record, having won silver medals at the World Championships in both 2013 and 2015. The majority of the lineup from the 2016 NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship, where the U.S. earned a silver medal, will be returning to compete once again.

The team boasts seven exceptional players who are making a return this year. Outside hitters Haley Warner and Logan Eggleston, who made significant contributions in the final matches of previous tournaments, will be back on the team. Middle Kendall Kipp, who consistently performed well in scoring, along with Brooklyn Schirmer, Ella May Powell, Brooke Nuneviller, and Skylar Fields, will also be joining the roster.

Here is the list of the 2017 USAV Girls Junior National Training Team:

  • Brooklyn Schirmer (OH, 6-1, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach Mizuno, Southern California)
  • Macka Cole (L, 5-9, Oakdale, N.Y., Island Volleyball Academy, Garden Empire)
  • Brooke Nuneviller (5-11, Chandler, Ariz., Aspire, Arizona)
  • Mica Allison (S, 6-0, White Heath, Ill., Illini Elite, Great Lakes)
  • Nicklin Hames (S, 5-11, Maryville, Tenn., K2 Volleyball, Southern)
  • Selina Xu (S, 6-0, San Carlos, Calif., Vision Volleyball, Northern California)
  • Ella May Powell (S, 6-0, Fayetteville, Ark., Ozark Juniors, Delta)
  • Madison Williams (OH, 6-1, Texas Advantage, North Texas)
  • Logan Eggleston (OH, 6-3, Franklin, Tenn., Alliance, Southern)
  • Annabelle Smith (MB, 6-2, South Lake, Texas, Texas Advantage, North Texas)
  • Skylar Fields (OH, 6-2, Missouri City, Texas, Houston Juniors, Lone Star)
  • McKenna Vicini (MB, 6-2, Lexington, Ky., Lexington United, Pioneer)
  • Haley Warner (OH, 6-2, Fayetteville, Ark., Ozark Juniors, Delta)
  • Madi Kubik (OH, 6-2, West Des Moines, Iowa, Central Iowa Select, Iowa)
  • Kendall Kipp (MB, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Laguna Beach, Southern California)
  • Madison Horin (MB, 6-3, Munster, Ind., First Alliance, Great Lakes)
  • Holly Campbell (MB, 6-3, Austin, Texas, Austin Juniors, Lone Star)
  • Riley Zuhn (OH, 6-5, Fort Collins, Colo., NORCO, Rocky Mountain)
  • Taylor Landfair (OH, 6-4, Plainfield, Ill., Elite Sports Performance, Great Lakes)
  • Kaitlyn Hord (MB, 6-4, Lexington, Ky., Lexington United, Pioneer)
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Additionally, the coaching staff has a wealth of experience. Head Coach Jim Stone, who previously coached at Ohio State University, has led the team to two silver medals at the World Championships and three gold medals and one silver at the NORCECA Girls Youth Continental Championships. Assistant Coaches Michelle Chatman-Smith and Michael Gee, along with Head of Delegation Lizzy Briones, complete the coaching staff.

Coach Stone believes coaching the Youth National Team is not only a challenge but also an opportunity for personal growth. The short training period allows him to witness the players’ rapid development, both in terms of skills and personal growth. It is a rewarding experience to bring players together and see if they can successfully compete on the world stage.

With such a talented roster and dedicated coaching staff, the U.S. Girls Youth National Training Team is poised to make a strong impact at the 2017 FIVB Girls U18 World Championship. Their goal is not just to participate but to excel and bring home gold. Their journey will undoubtedly be filled with intense competition, valuable experiences, and tremendous growth.

FAQs

1. What is the U.S. Youth National Training Team?
The U.S. Youth National Training Team is a group of talented volleyball players who have been selected to train and compete at the international level.

2. How long will the team train before the championship?
The team will undergo a rigorous two-week training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

3. Who will they be competing against?
The team will participate in practice sessions and matches against U18 teams from Brazil, Japan, and Italy before heading to the 2017 FIVB Girls U18 World Championship in Argentina.

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4. What are the team’s goals for the championship?
The team’s ultimate goal is to win the gold medal. They aim to make it out of pool play and return with a well-deserved medal.

Conclusion

The announcement of the U.S. Girls Youth National Training Team marks the beginning of an exciting journey for these talented athletes. With their determination, skill, and exceptional coaching staff, they are primed for success at the 2017 FIVB Girls U18 World Championship. As they prepare for the competition, they will continue to learn and grow, both as individuals and as a team. The entire nation eagerly awaits their achievements and hopes to witness their remarkable performances on the world stage. Stay tuned to Alpinetgheep.com for updates on their progress and success.