USA Volleyball has selected 12 athletes to train for and compete at the 2023 FIVB Women’s U21 World Championship on Aug. 17-26 in Aguascalientes and Lèon, Mexico
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 15, 2023) – USA Volleyball has revised its roster for the FIVB Women’s U21 World Championship on Aug. 17-26 in Aguascalientes and Lèon, Mexico.
Middle blockers Lizzy Andrew, Taylor Harvey and Alec Rothe have joined the roster in place of Ayden Ames, Favor Anyanwu and Jaela Auguste.
The rest of the roster for the U21 World Championship remains the same.
The setters are Campbell Flynn and Izzy Starck. The libero is Ava Falduto. The outside hitters are Kaci Demaria, Kelly Kinney, Skyler Pierce, Emerson Sellman and Abby Vander Wal.
Flynn, Mullen, Sellman, Falduto and Vander Wal won the gold medal on Friday (Aug. 11) at the FIVB Girls U19 World Championship. Vander Wal was named Most Valuable Player and Best Outside Hitter.
Andrew, Demaria, Falduto, Starck and Vander Wal competed at the 2023 U19 Pan American Cup.
Harvey, Kinney, Pierce and Rothe will make their international debuts in Mexico.
Tom Hogan, the LOVB Director of Sport and a former assistant with the U.S. Women’s National Team, will serve as the team’s head coach.
He will be assisted by Olympic medalist Stacy Sykora and Lauren Plum, an assistant coach at Vanderbilt.
There are 16 teams entered in the World Championship. The U.S. Women’s U21 Team will have pool play matches against Cuba, Türkiye and Netherlands
The United States is looking for its first medal at the Women’s U21 World Championship. It has finished fourth twice (2007 and 2011) when the event was the U20 World Championship. In 2021, the U.S. team finished fifth.
U.S. Women’s U21 Roster for the 2023 FIVB World Championship
No. Name (Position, Height, Birth Year, Hometown, School, USAV Region)
1 Lizzy Andrew (MB, 6-5, 2005, Ridgefield, Wash., Ridgefield HS, Columbia Empire)
6 Campbell Flynn (S, 6-3, 2006, Rochester Hills, Mich., Mercy HS, Lakeshore)
8 Kaci Demaria (OH, 6-4, 2007, San Pedro, Calif., Palos Verdes HS, Southern California)
9 Ava Falduto (L, 5-7, 2006, Elmhurst, Ill., IC Catholic Prep, Great Lakes)
11 Kelly Kinney (OH, 6-2, 2007, West Palm Beach, Fla., The King’s Academy, Florida)
13C Emerson Sellman (OH, 6-4, 2005, Burtonsville, Md., The Academy of the Holy Cross, Chesapeake)
14 Skyler Pierce (OH, 6-2, 2005, Lenexa, Kan., Olathe Northwest HS, Heart of America)
15 Abigail Mullen (OPP, 6-3, 2006, Kansas City, Mo., Liberty HS, Heart of America)
17 Taylor Harvey (MB, 6-3, 2006, Bountiful, Utah, Bountiful HS, Intermountain)
18 Izzy Starck (S, 6-1, 2006, Melbourne, Fla., Viera HS, Rocky Mountain)
19 Abby Vander Wal (OH, 6-3, 2006, Elmhurst, Ill., Timothy Christian HS, Great Lakes)
20 Alec Rothe (MB, 6-3, 2006, Dublin, Ohio, Dublin Scioto HS, Ohio Valley)
Head Coach: Tom Hogan
Assistant Coach: Stacy Sykora
Second Assistant: Lauren Plum
Team Manager: Courtney Smith
Performance Analyst: Evan Metzger
Athletic Trainer: Cherryl-Marie Bueno
U.S. Schedule for the 2023 FIVB Women’s U21 World Championship
Matches will be livestreamed on the Volleyball World YouTube channel
All times PDT
Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. USA vs Cuba
Aug. 18 at 4 p.m. USA vs Türkiye
Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. USA vs Netherlands
Aug. 21-24 Second round of pool play
Aug. 25 Semifinals and classification playoffs
Aug. 26 Finals