The U.S. Women's Junior National Volleyball Team defeat Italy in Croatia with Eaglecrest's Jordyn Poulter
KUSA — Colorado’s Jordyn Poulter, former Eaglecrest Raptor volleyball setter, and the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team (U.S. WJNT) won the gold medal in the 2015 European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia on Thursday, July 16. After finishing No. 1 in their pool and going 4-1 prior to the semifinals, the team beat Italy in the 5th set to win gold.
The U-22 U.S. WJNT swept the Falconara Juniors in the opening match and swept the Slovenia Junior National Team 3-0 in their final match of pool play to earn them a spot in the semifinals.
According to Team USA’s website: “We had a complete team effort tonight and secured the top position in our pool,” U.S. Women’s Junior National Team Head Coach Tom Hogan said. “There are many high level teams in the European Global Challenge tournament with various styles of play. We are looking forward to the next phase of the tournament as our team continues to improve and develop with every match.”
The team has its share of Colorado influence. Head Coach of the team, Tom Hogan, is the Associate Head Coach of the University of Denver along with Colorado native/University of Illinois commit, Jordyn Poulter, playing setter for the team.
The U.S. team had two games scheduled for yesterday, an exhibition and semifinal match. However, the semi final game that was to take place at 1 p.m. Mountain Time (MT) was moved to last night. According to European Global Challenge, “Both U22 Semi Finals have been moved to 8:30 a.m. (Pula Time) on Thursday, July 16, 2015.” This will translate the U.S. WJNT playing their semifinal game against the Mountain West Conference All Star Team at 12:30 a.m. MT.
The U.S. won their semifinal game at a shot against Italy (a team they’ve lost to three time previously this week) in the final. Poulter helped lead an attack to a 15-12 win against Italy.
The U.S. WJNT is among other United States teams including: Mountain West Conference All Star Team, BIP, NCVA (Northern California Volleyball Association) U22, BIP Southeast, BIP Adidas Midwest U22.
U.S. Global Challenge Volleyball Results: July 13-16 – Pula, Croatia
July 13: USA beat Hungarian JNT 25-20, 25-22, 25-12; Italy WJNT beat USA 25-19, 25-20, 25-27
July 14: USA beat Falconara Juniors 25-14, 25-11, 25-18; USA beat Slovenia JNT 3-0
July 15: USA vs. TBD, 7 a.m. MT; USA vs. Mountain West Conference All Star Team (semifinals), 12:30 a.m. MT
July 16: USA beat Italy 15-12 in 5th set for Gold Medal
2015 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team Roster
Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College/High School, Youth Club, Region)
1 – Jordyn Poulter (S, 6-0, Aurora, Colo., University of Illinois, Front Range, Rocky Mountain)
2 – Audriana Fitzmorris (OPP, 6-4, Overland Park, Kan., St. James Academy, Invasion VBC, Heart of America)
3 – Hayley Hodson (OH, 6-2, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford University, Tstreet, Southern California)
4- Carli Snyder (OH, 6-0, Macomb, Mich., University of Florida, Michigan Elite, Lakeshore)
5 – Adora Anae (OH, 6-1, Laie, Hawaii, University of Utah, Imi Ike, Aloha)
6 – Molly Sauer (L, 5-7, Louisville, Ky., University of Louisville, KIVA, Pioneer)
7 – Danielle Cuttino (MB, 6-4, Indianapolis, Ind., Purdue University, Circle City, Hoosier)
8 – Caroline Knop (L, 5-8, Pasadena, Calif., University of Michigan, San Gabriel Elite, Southern California)
9 – Lauryn Gillis (OH, 6-1, New Castle, Ind., University of Wisconsin, Munciana, Hoosier)
10 – Taylor Tashima (S, 6-0, Wilmette, Ill., Northwestern University, Wildcat Juniors, Great Lakes)
11 – Orie Agbaji (MB, 6-3, Kansas City, Mo., Oak Park High School, Club North, Heart of America)
12 – Rhamat Alhassan (MB, 6-4, Glenarden, Md., University of Florida, Metro American, Chesapeake Region)
Head Coach: Tom Hogan (University of Denver)
Assistant Coaches: Erin Virtue (University of Michigan), Stacy Sykora (USA Volleyball High Performance)
Technical Coordinator: Jared Goldberg (Morehead State University)
Team Leader: Denise Sheldon