Tuesday, 28 May 2024

USAV Names U.S. Girls Youth National Training Team

USA Volleyball is excited to introduce the 24-player U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team (GYNTT) for the 2016 season. This talented group comprises three liberos, seven middles, ten outside hitters/opposites, and four setters. These young athletes have been selected based on their exceptional skills and dedication to the sport.

Building a Strong Team

The GYNTT includes liberos Mackenzie Cole, Kenzie Knuckles, and Brooke Nuneviller. The middles are Holly Campbell, Sophia Dorsch-Summers, Serena Gray, Kaitlyn Hord, Kendall Kipp, Molly Phillips, and McKenna Vicini. The outside hitters/opposites are Caitlin Baird, Logan Eggleston, Skylar Fields, Mia Grunze, Allison Martinez, Kalen Owes, Taylor Rowland, Brooklyn Schirmer, Haley Warner, and Riley Zuhn. The setters selected for the team are Erin O’Leary, Ella Powell, Kylie Robinson, and Melani Shaffmaster.

Expert Coaching Staff

The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team will be led by head coach Erin Virtue, associate head coach at Northwestern University. Stacy Sykora, a seasoned coach from USA Volleyball, will serve as an assistant coach, alongside technical coordinator Jared Hazel. The coaching staff will soon welcome a second assistant coach to complete the team.

Training and Competitions

The GYNTT will undergo intensive training in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from July 11 to July 24. The final 12-player roster for the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team (GYNT) will be selected on July 19. Following this, the team, along with alternates, will showcase their skills at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships held in Fort Lauderdale from July 19 to July 23. The next leg of their journey will take them to Puerto Rico to compete in the NORCECA Women’s U18 Continental Championship, tentatively scheduled for August 26 to September 5.

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FAQs

Q: What is the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team?

A: The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team (GYNTT) is a group of talented young volleyball players selected to receive specialized training and represent the United States in international competitions.

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

A: Erin Virtue, the associate head coach at Northwestern University, has been chosen as the head coach of the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team.

Q: What is the purpose of the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships?

A: The USA Volleyball High Performance Championships provide a platform for talented athletes to showcase their skills and compete against other high-level players.

Q: When will the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team compete in the NORCECA Women’s U18 Continental Championship?

A: The dates for the NORCECA Women’s U18 Continental Championship are tentatively set for August 26 to September 5.

Summary

USA Volleyball proudly presents the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team (GYNTT) for the 2016 season. These dedicated athletes have been carefully selected and will undergo intensive training to prepare for international competitions. Under the leadership of head coach Erin Virtue, this talented team is ready to represent the United States. Stay tuned to witness their incredible journey and support the future stars of American volleyball.

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