U.S. Girls U19 Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 6, 2023) – Down 7-6 in the fifth set, the U.S. Girls U19 National Team ran the table to take a 3-2 (25-15, 18-25, 25-19, 19-25, 15-7) win over Serbia on Sunday at the FIVB U19 World Championship in Croatia.

The U.S. Girls (5-0) won their pool and will advance to the round of 16 where it will play Dominican Republic (2-3) at 3 a.m. PT on Monday.


“That was an extremely big win for our team,” U.S. Head Coach Jamie Morrison said. “I think we’ve been growing up with every match and that was no exception. I’m proud of the people who came in and changed the game in multiple ways.”

After splitting the first four sets with Serbia, the U.S. Girls trailed 7-6 in the fifth when setter Charlie Fuerbringer scored with a block to spark an 8-0 run that gave the U.S. the victory.

The run included two aces from outside hitter Emerson Sellman, three kills from outside hitter Abby Vander Wal, along with a tip from middle blocker Jaela Auguste and a back-row kill from outside hitter Teraya Sigler.

The U.S. Girls led Serbia in kills (64-43) while Serbia led in blocks (16-13) and aces (8-4). The U.S. score 21 points on Serbia’s errors while giving up 24.

Every player on the U.S. roster saw the court.

Vander Wal led the U.S. scoring with 18 points on a team-high 15 kills, two blocks and one ace. Middle blocker Ayden Ames added 15 points on 12 kills and a team-high three blocks.

Sigler scored 12 points on 11 kills and one block. Auguste added 11 points on 11 kills.

Campbell Flynn and Fuerbringer combined forces at setter. Flynn started sets 1-4. Fuerbringer subbed and started set 5. Fuerbringer scored three points on two blocks and a kill. Flynn scored two points on two kills.

Libero Olivia Mauch was credited with 10 digs and two successful receptions. Ava Falduto also played as a back-row defensive specialist.

Opposite Abigail Mullen scored nine points on seven kills and two blocks and led the team in digs with 11.

Middle Favor Anyanwu finished with five points on three blocks, one kill and one ace. Sellman totaled five points on three kills and two aces. Outside hitter Becca Kelley scored one point with a kill.

There are 24 teams from around the world competing at the World Championship.

U.S. Girls U19 Roster for the 2023 FIVB World Championship

Name (Position, Height, Birth Year, Hometown, School, USAV Region)
2 Jaela Auguste (MB, 6-2, 2006, Spring, Texas, Grand Oaks HS, Lone Star)
3 Charlie Fuerbringer (S, 5-11, 2006, Hermosa Beach, Calif., Mira Costa HS, Southern California)
4 Ayden Ames (MB, 6-4, 2006, Prosper, Texas, Prosper HS, North Texas)
5 Favor Anyanwu (MB, 6-2, 2006, Rowlett, Texas, Sachse HS, North Texas)
6 Campbell Flynn (S, 6-3, 2006, Rochester Hills, Mich., Mercy HS, Lakeshore)
9 Ava Falduto (L, 5-7, 2006, Elmhurst, Ill., IC Catholic Prep, Great Lakes)
11 Becca Kelley (OH, 6-3, 2005, Rockwall, Texas, University of Oregon, North Texas)
12 Olivia Mauch (L, 5-6, 2005, Bennington, Neb., Bennington HS, Great Plains)
13C Emerson Sellman (OH, 6-4, 2005, Burtonsville, Md., The Academy of the Holy Cross, Chesapeake)
15 Abigail Mullen (Opp, 6-3, 2006, Kansas City, Mo., Liberty HS, Heart of America)
17 Teraya Sigler (OH, 6-2, 2006, Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz., Arizona)
19 Abby Vander Wal (OH, 6-3, 2006, Elmhurst, Ill., Timothy Christian HS, Great Lakes)

Head Coach: Jamie Morrison
Assistant Coach: Michelle Chatman Smith
Assistant Coach: Maggie Eppright
Performance Analyst: Kyle Thompson
ATC: Chris Cornell
Team Lead: Jon Wong

1 Lizzy Andrew (MB, 6-5, 2005, Ridgefield, Wash., Ridgefield HS, Columbia Empire)
7 Carly Gilk (OPP, 6-2, 2006, Brooklyn Park, Minn., Champlin Park HS, North Country)
8 Kaci Demaria (OH, 6-4, 2007, San Pedro, Calif., Palos Verdes HS, Southern California)
10 Noemie Glover (Opp, 6-2, 2005, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., University of Oregon, Southern California)
14 Skyler Pierce (OH, 6-2, 2005, Lenexa, Kan., Olathe Northwest HS, Heart of America)
16 Cari Spears (OH, 6-3, 2007, Dallas, Texas, Prestonwood Christian Academy, North Texas)
18 Izzy Starck (S, 6-1, 2006, Melbourne, Fla., Viera HS, Rocky Mountain)

U.S. Schedule for the 2023 FIVB Girls U19 World Championship
Matches will be shown on the Volleyball World YouTube channel

All times PDT
Aug. 1: USA def. Korea, 3-2 (25-21, 19-25, 25-21, 23-25, 15-10)
Aug. 2: USA def. Japan, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 26-24)
Aug. 3: USA def. Mexico, 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-20)
Aug. 5: USA def. Poland, 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-15)
Aug. 6: USA def Serbia, 3-2 (25-15, 18-25, 25-19, 19-25, 15-7)
Aug. 7 at 3 a.m. Round of 16: USA vs Dominican Republic
Aug. 9: Quarterfinals and classification matches
Aug. 10: Semifinals and classification matches
Aug. 11: Finals