TULSA, Okla. (July 22, 2022) – The U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team continued to advance in the Pan American Cup with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-15) semifinal win over the Dominican Republic on Friday at Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
The United States (4-0) will play Brazil (4-0) for the championship at 6 pm CT on Saturday. Matches are broadcast live on BallerTV.
The Dominican Republic kept up the pressure on the United States. Although the US led in spikes (39-18) and blocks (4-1), the teams were tied in aces (6-6) and each team had 25 scoring errors.
“It was nice to be put under pressure,” US head coach Jamie Morrison said. “The Dominicans have always been a good rival for the United States. I was glad they pushed us around a bit. We have to learn some things about our team. I’m sure tomorrow night will be a battle.”
Outside hitter Harper Murray led Team USA with 10 points on eight kills, one block and one ace. Middle blocker Julia Blyashov added nine points on eight spikes and an ace.
Dominican opposite Ariana Rodríguez led all scorers with a match-high 14 points on 12 kills and two aces.
Opposite Abigail Mullen scored eight points on five kills, one block and two aces.
Middle blockers Maggie Mendelson and Andi Jackson each scored seven points. Mendelson scored on seven kills. Jackson had five kills, one block and one ace.
Outside hitter Kira Hutson played off the bench and scored five points on four kills and one ace.
Setter Bergen Reilly scored two points on a kill and a block. She combined with backup Izzy Starck as the US Girls reached a batting efficiency of .467. Reserve outside hitter Torrey Stafford scored two points on two kills.
Libero Laney Choboy was credited with nine excellent digs and nine receptions.
Mendelson, the team captain, is looking forward to Saturday’s game against Brazil.
“We played them in a fight our first night here,” Mendelson said. “I’m super excited to have another try. We’re going to bring a lot of energy and it should be a fun game.”
US U19 women’s national team roster
No. Name (Pos., Alt., City of origin, Region)
*An athlete’s region is where they played club volleyball, not necessarily their hometown
1 laney choboy (L, 5-3, Raleigh, NC, Carolina)
3 Charlie Fuerbrifinger (S, 5-11, Hermosa Beach, California, Southern California)
4 bergen-reilly (S, 6-1, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, North Country)
5 Torrey Stafford (OH, 6-1, Harbor City, California, Southern California)
6 izzy stark (S, 6-1, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Rocky Mountains)
7 harper murray (OH, 6-2, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Lakeside)
eleven Julia Blyashov (OH, 6-3, San Diego, California, Southern California)
12 Your Bunton (MB, 6-3, Louisville, Kentucky, Pioneer)
13 earl hutson (OPP, 6-3, Aurora, Illinois, Great Lakes)
14 Andy Jackson (MB, 6-3, Brighton, Colorado, Rocky Mountains)
fifteen Abigail Mullen (OPP, 6-3, Kansas City, Mo., Heart of America)
sixteen darling spears (OH, 6-3, Dallas, Texas, Chesapeake)
19C Maggie Mendelson (MB, 6-5, Ogden, Utah, between mountains)
*Setter Charlie Fuerbringer from Southern California was originally selected for the team, but due to health issues was unable to join the roster.
Head Coach: Jamie Morrison
Assistant Coach: Michelle Chatman
Assistant Coach: Keegan Cook
Performance Analyst: Maggie Eppright
Team Leader: Noel Carpio
Women’s U-19 Pan American Cup
(All times CDT)
Dominican Republic defeats Costa Rica, 3-0 (25-10, 25-6, 25-11)
Canada defeated Peru, 3-1 (25-23, 25-13, 18-25, 25-20)
Brazil defeats Puerto Rico, 3-2 (19-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-21)
United States defeats Mexico, 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-12)
Puerto Rico defeats Costa Rica, 3-0 (25-9, 25-14, 25-5)
Mexico defeated Peru, 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-17, 25-15)
Brazil defeats the Dominican Republic, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-20)
United States defeats Canada, 3-0 (25-6, 25-9, 25-11)
Brazil defeats Costa Rica, 3-0 (25-6, 25-8, 25-12)
Mexico defeats Canada, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 26-24)
Dominican Republic defeats Puerto Rico, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-22)
United States defeats Peru, 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-15)
Puerto Rico defeated Mexico, 3-1 (20-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-21)
Dominican Republic defeated Canada, 3-1 (23-25, 25-12, 25-12, 26-24)
Mexico defeats Peru, 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-21)
Canada defeats Costa Rica, 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-21)
Brazil defeats Puerto Rico, 3-2 (19-25, 25-21, 25-15, 18-25, 15-8)
United States defeats Dominican Republic, 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-15)
Noon: Costa Rica vs Peru
2:00 p.m.: Mexico vs. Canada
4 p.m.: Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico
6:00 p.m.: USA vs. Brazil