Wednesday, 29 May 2024

USAV Names U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team

USA Volleyball is excited to announce the selection of the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team (GYNT) roster for the upcoming 2018 NORCECA Girls U18 Continental Championship. This prestigious event, taking place from August 25 to September 2 in Honduras, will determine the top two countries that will qualify for the 2019 FIVB Girls U18 World Championship.

The Talented Roster

The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team roster consists of 12 exceptional players, including five wing spikers (outsides and opposites), three middles, two setters, and two liberos. This diverse combination of positions ensures a well-rounded and competitive team.

  • Outsides/Opposites (5): Ally Batenhorst (Katy, Texas, Houston Juniors), Allison Jacobs (Stevenson Ranch, California, Legacy), Lindsay Krause (Papillion, Nebraska, Nebraska Premier), Emily Londot (Utica, Ohio, Mintonette), Jess Mruzik (Livonia, Michigan, Legacy VBC)
  • Middles (3): CC Crawford (Kansas City, Missouri, Mid-America Volleyball), Bre Kelley (Rockwall, Texas, Excel VBC), Devyn Robinson (Ankeny, Iowa, Iowa Power Plex)
  • Setters (2): Kami Miner (Redondo Beach, California, Mizuno Long Beach), Kennedi Orr (Eagan, Minnesota, Northern Lights)
  • Liberos (2): Hattie Monson (Morris, Illinois, Sports Performance), Sydney Taylor (Grove City, Ohio, Mintonette)

Competent Leadership

Under the guidance of head coach Jim Stone, who has been involved with the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team program for over a decade, the team is in capable hands. Stone has led the team to impressive accomplishments in the past, including silver medals at the 2013 and 2015 FIVB Girls U18 World Championship, as well as gold medals at the 2008, 2010, and 2012 NORCECA Girls U18 Continental Championships.

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Strengths and Strategy

Coach Stone believes that the team’s ball control and serving skills will be vital strengths as they compete in the NORCECA Championship. He emphasizes the importance of consistent first touches and powerful serves, instilling confidence in the players’ abilities. With a focus on these key areas, the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team is well-prepared to face the challenges of the tournament.

The Supportive Coaching Staff

Assisting Coach Stone are the talented assistant coaches Nicki Holmes, women’s associate head coach at George Washington University, and Kelly Surrency from USA Volleyball. The team’s technical coordinator, Fabian Ardila from Babson College, ensures that the team has all the necessary resources to succeed.

The Road to the Roster

The selection process for the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team was rigorous. The final 12 players were chosen from the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team (GYNTT), which consisted of 20 players. These athletes trained at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for 13 days, undergoing intense sessions to assess their skills and teamwork. The training block was not only about selecting the top 12 players but also about implementing a cohesive system for the team’s future endeavors.

The Journey Continues

The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team has a remarkable track record in the NORCECA Girls U18 Continental Championship, having emerged as champions seven out of the ten times the event has taken place. However, they finished second in the last two editions, narrowly missing out on gold. This year, they are determined to reclaim their place at the top and showcase their exceptional talent on the international stage.

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FAQs

Q: How many players are on the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team roster?

A: The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team roster consists of 12 players.

Q: Who is the head coach of the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team?

A: The head coach of the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team is Jim Stone.

Q: What are the strengths of the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team?

A: The team’s strengths lie in their excellent ball control and serving abilities.

Q: How was the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team roster selected?

A: The final 12 players were chosen from the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team after an intense training block at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Conclusion

The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team is ready to take on the challenge of the 2018 NORCECA Girls U18 Continental Championship. With a talented roster, experienced coaching staff, and a focus on their strengths, they are poised to achieve great success. Stay tuned to witness their journey and support them as they compete for a spot in the 2019 FIVB Girls U18 World Championship.

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