COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 18, 2020) – USA Volleyball is proud to announce its 2020 U.S. Girls Youth National Training Team (GYNTT) roster.
The 20-player roster includes six outside hitters, four middles, three setters, three liberos, three opposites and one outside/libero player. The outside hitters are Julia Blyashov (Carlsbad, Calif., WAVE), Jordyn Harvey (Woods Cross, Utah, Utah Hive VBC), Devin Kahahawai (Kailua, Hawaii, Spike and Serve), Harper Murray (Ann Arbor, Mich., Legacy VBC), Elia Rubin (Los Angeles, Sunshine VBC) and Mckenna Wucherer (Brookfield, Wis., Milwaukee Sting).
Middles tabbed to the GYNTT roster are Rebekah Allick (Lincoln, Neb., Volleyball Club Nebraska), Nya Bunton (Louisville, Ky., adidas KIVA) and Margaret Mendelson (North Ogden, Utah, Utah Hive VBC). Opposites are Kierstyn Barton (Glendale, Ariz., Aspire), Caroline Jurevicius (Gates Mills, Ohio, AVC) and Kerry Keefe (Pacific Palisades, Calif., Sunshine VBC).
The trio of setters are Lauren Carter (Winterset, Iowa, Club Ignit Select), Alexis Stucky (Laramie, Wyo., Norco Volleyball) and Ella Swindle (Columbia, Mo., KC Power). The liberos are Laney Choboy (Raleigh, N.C., NC Volleyball Academy), Saige Damrow (Howards Grove, Wis., Fox Cities Elite) and Gala Trubint (San Diego, Calif., Coast VBC). Chloe Chicoine (Lafayette, Ind., Circle City) is an outside hitter/libero combo.
Four players have already verbally committed to their college of choice. Allick has verballed to University of Nebraska. Carter will head to University of Denver. Damrow has chosen University of Wisconsin. Wucherer has committed to University of Minnesota. Eight of the players will be part of the 2022 high school graduating class while the remaining 12 will graduate high school in 2023.
The GYNTT head coach is Keegan Cook, who serves as head coach at the University of Washington. He is assisted by Alyssa D’Errico (associate head coach at Dayton University) and Trent Kersten (head coach at San Jose State University). Jon Wong, assistant coach at Texas Tech, was selected to serve as technical coordinator.
The NORCECA Girls U18 Continental Championship, a qualifier into the 2021 FIVB Girls U18 World Championship is still scheduled to take place Aug. 2-10 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
2020 U.S. Girls Youth National Training Team
Player (Position, Height, HS Grad Year, Hometown, Youth Club, Region, Verballed College)
Rebekah Allick (M, 6-3, 2022, Lincoln, Neb., Volleyball Club Nebraska, Great Plains, University of Nebraska)
Kierstyn Barton (OPP, 6-2, 2023, Glendale, Ariz., Aspire, Arizona, TBA)
Julia Blyashov (OH, 6-3, 2023, Carlsbad, Calif., WAVE, Southern California, TBA)
Eloise Brandewie (M, 6-3, 2023, Columbus, Ohio, Mintonette, Ohio Valley, TBA)
Nya Bunton (M, 6-3, 2023, Louisville, Ky., adidas KIVA, Pioneer, TBA)
Lauren Carter (S, 5-10, 2022, Winterset, Iowa, Club Ignit Select, Iowa, University of Denver)
Chloe Chicoine (OH/L, 5-9, 2023, Lafayette, Ind., Circle City, Hoosier, TBA)
Laney Choboy (L, 5-3, 2023, Raleigh, N.C., NC Volleyball Academy, Carolina, TBA)
Saige Damrow (L, 5-8, 2023, Howards Grove, Wis., Fox Cities Elite, Badger, University of Wisconsin)
Jordyn Harvey (OH, 6-1, 2023, Woods Cross, Utah, Utah Hive Volleyball, Intermountain, TBA)
Caroline Jurevicius (OPP, 6-2, 2023, Gates Mills, Ohio, AVC, Ohio Valley, TBA)
Devin Kahahawai (OH, 6-3, 2022, Kailua, Hawaii, Spike and Serve VBC, Aloha, TBA)
Kerry Keefe (OPP, 6-2, 2022, Pacific Palisades, Calif., Sunshine VBC, Southern California, TBA)
Margaret Mendelson (M, 6-5, 2023, North Ogden, Utah, Utah Hive VBC, Intermountain, TBA)
Harper Murray (OH, 6-1, 2023, Ann Arbor, Mich., Legacy VBC, Lakeshore, TBA)
Elia Rubin (OH, 6-1, 2022, Los Angeles, Calif., Sunshine VBC, Southern California, TBA)
Alexis Stucky (S, 6-2, 2022, Laramie, Wyo., Norco Volleyball , Rocky Mountain, TBA)
Ella Swindle (S, 6-2, 2023, Columbia, Mo., KC Power, Heart of America, TBA)
Gala Trubint (L, 5-8, 2022, San Diego, Calif., Coast VBC, Southern California, TBA)
Mckenna Wucherer (OH, 6-1, 2022, Brookfield, Wis., Milwaukee Sting, Badger, University of Minnesota)
Head Coach: Keegan Cook (head coach, University of Washington)
Assistant Coach: Alyssa D’Errico (associate coach, University of Dayton)
Assistant Coach: Trent Kersten (head coach, San Jose State University)
Technical Coordinator: Jon Wong (assistant coach, Texas Tech University)
Team Lead: Meredith Lee (USA Volleyball High Performance)