USA Volleyball named its 12-player Youth National Team roster for the upcoming 2018 NORCECA Girls’ 18U Continental Championships, which takes place Aug. 25-Sept. 2 in Honduras.
The U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team has won the NORCECA Girls’ U18 Continental Championship seven of the 10 times of the biennial event. The Americans have finished second to Dominican Republic in the last two editions in 2014 and 2016. Team USA has won the event’s silver medal three times.
Coached by Jim Stone, the roster was narrowed from 20 players after tryouts started July 20 in Colorado Springs.
“I think we have a fairly good ball control team,” Stone said of the strengths this team will take into the NORCECA Championship. “In our training, our first touches have been fairly consistent. Ball control will have to be a strength. I think we are a fairly good serving team. We have tried to emphasis the importance of serving, and the players have bought into serving with velocity, deep and hard on the court. Hopefully our ball control and serving will be strengths as we go through the tournament.”
2018 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team:
- Ally Batenhorst (OH, 6-4, Katy, Texas, 2021, Houston Juniors Volleyball/Lone Star, Uncommitted)
- CC Crawford (M, 6-2, Kansas City, Missouri, 2020, Mid-America Volleyball/Heart of America, verballed to University of Kansas)
- Allison Jacobs (OH, 5-11, Stevenson Ranch, California, 2020, Legacy/Southern California, verballed to UCLA)
- Bre Kelley (M, 6-3, Rockwall, Texas, 2021, Excel VBC/North Texas, Uncommitted)
- Lindsay Krause (OH, 6-3, Papillion, Nebraska, 2021, Nebraska Premier/Great Plains, verballed to University of Nebraska)
- Emily Londot (M, 6-2, Utica, Ohio, 2020, Mintonette/Ohio Valley, verballed to Ohio State University)
- Kami Miner (S, 6-0, Redondo Beach, California, 2021, Mizuno Long Beach/Southern California, Uncommitted)
- Hattie Monson (L, 5-5, Morris, Illinois, 2020, Sports Performance/Great Lakes, verballed to Notre Dame)
- Jess Mruzik (OH, 6-1, Livonia, Michigan, 2020, Legacy VBC, Lakeshore, verballed to University of Michigan)
- Kennedi Orr (S, 6-0, Eagan, Minnesota, 2021, Northern Lights/North Country, verballed to University of Nebraska)
- Devyn Robinson (M, 6-1, Ankeny, Iowa, 2020, Iowa Power Plex/Iowa, verballed to University of Wisconsin)
- Sydney Taylor (L, 5-8, Grove City, Ohio, 2021, Mintonette/Ohio Valley, Uncommitted)
Head Coach: Jim Stone (USA Volleyball)
Assistant Coaches: Nicki Holmes (women’s associate head coach at George Washington University), Kelly Surrency (USA Volleyball)