Tuesday, 23 Jul 2024

Italy’s Dominance Continues with a Victory over the U.S. Girls Youth Team

Italy emerged victorious over the U.S. Girls Youth National Team in an intense quarterfinal match at the FIVB Girls U18 World Championship in Argentina. Italy’s exceptional performance resulted in a three-set win, with scores of 25-7, 25-16, and 25-15.

Italy, undefeated in the tournament so far with a 6-0 record, will proceed to the semifinals to face the winner of the Germany versus Turkey match. Meanwhile, the U.S., with a record of 3-3, will compete against the loser of that match in the 5th-8th place bracket.

Throughout the match, Italy demonstrated superiority in several key areas. They dominated in blocks, aces, and opponent errors, with respective advantages of 11-2, 14-1, and 22-10. The U.S., on the other hand, encountered difficulties in passing and receiving serves. Italy’s impressive serving skills were evident, especially with five aces in the first set and seven aces in the third set.

Madi Kubik, the U.S. outside hitter, led the offensive attack with 10 points and 10 kills on 28 attempts. Mica Allison, playing as the opposite, and Logan Eggleston, another outside hitter, contributed five points each to the team’s efforts.

Team USA Starters

  • Libero: Brooke Nuneviller
  • Setter: Nicklin Hames
  • Middles: Holly Campbell, Kendall Kipp
  • Opposite: Mica Allison
  • Outside Hitters: Logan Eggleston, Madi Kubik
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Team USA Stat Leaders

  • Points: Madi Kubik (10), Mica Allison (5), Logan Eggleston (5), Holly Campbell (3)
  • Kills: Madi Kubik (10), Mica Allison (5), Logan Eggleston (4), Holly Campbell (3)
  • Blocks: Skylar Fields (1), Logan Eggleston (1)
  • Aces: Selina Xu (1)

In 2013, the U.S. Girls Youth National Team made history by becoming the first U.S. volleyball team, regardless of gender, to win a world championship medal at the youth or junior level. They secured the silver medal after a hard-fought final against China in Thailand. In 2015, the U.S. once again earned a silver medal in the World Championship final, this time against Italy.

The U.S. entered the tournament as the top-ranked team in the world and competed in Pool B alongside Russia, the 2017 European U18 champions, Brazil, the 2017 South American champions, Belarus, and Mexico.

2017 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team

  • Brooke Nuneviller* – L, 5-11, Chandler, Ariz., Aspire, Arizona
  • Mica Allison – OPP/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
  • Madison Williams – OH, 6-1, Grand Prairie, Texas, Texas Advantage, North Texas
  • Logan Eggleston* – OH, 6-3, Franklin, Tenn., Alliance, Southern
  • Skylar Fields* – OH, 6-2, Missouri City, Texas, Houston Juniors, Lone Star
  • Madi Kubik – OH, 6-2, West Des Moines, Iowa, Central Iowa Select, Iowa
  • Kendall Kipp* – M/OPP, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Laguna Beach, Southern California
  • Madison Horin – M, 6-3, Munster, Ind., First Alliance, Great Lakes
  • Holly Campbell – M, 6-3, Austin, Texas, Austin Juniors, Lone Star
  • Taylor Landfair – OH, 6-4, Plainfield, Ill., Elite Sports Performance, Great Lakes
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*Member of the 2016 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team

Team USA Staff

  • Head Coach: Jim Stone
  • Assistant Coach: Michelle Chatman-Smith
  • Assistant Coach: Michael Gee
  • Head of Delegation: Lizzy Briones
  • Technical Coordinator: Herb Summer

FAQs

How did Italy perform in the quarterfinals of the FIVB Girls U18 World Championship?

Italy delivered an outstanding performance, defeating the U.S. Girls Youth National Team in three sets with scores of 25-7, 25-16, and 25-15.

Who were the key players for the U.S. in the match against Italy?

Madi Kubik, the U.S. outside hitter, showcased exceptional skills, contributing 10 points and 10 kills on 28 attempts. Mica Allison, the opposite, and Logan Eggleston, another outside hitter, played crucial roles, each contributing five points.

What are the future matches for the U.S. Girls Youth National Team?

The U.S. will compete against the loser of the Germany versus Turkey match in the 5th-8th place bracket.

Conclusion

Italy’s victory over the U.S. Girls Youth National Team in the quarterfinals of the FIVB Girls U18 World Championship showcased their dominance and exceptional skills. The U.S. team fought hard but struggled to match Italy’s performance in blocks, aces, and opponent errors. Nevertheless, the U.S. players displayed great determination and skill throughout the match.

As the tournament progresses, both Italy and the U.S. will continue to strive for success and aim to leave a lasting impact on the world of youth volleyball. Stay tuned for more updates on the performances of these talented teams.

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