COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, April 4, 2023. – USA Volleyball is proud to announce the 20 athletes selected for the 2023 Girls U19 NORCECA Pan American Cup Roster.
Twelve players from this group will be chosen to compete at the 2023 Girls U19 NORCECA Pan American Cup on May 7-15 in Ciudad de Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. The team will train April 30-May 6 at the Anaheim National Team Training Center.
Minnesota women’s Head Coach Keegan Cook will serve as the U19 team’s head coach. Krista Hendrickson and Cursty Le Roux will assist Cook.
“We are thrilled to welcome this specific group of athletes to the U19 National Team,” Cook said. “The team training for the Pan American Cup is comprised of a diverse range of ages and national team experience. What they do share for certain is a bright future with USA Volleyball.”
Two players on the 2023 Girls U19 roster return from the 2022 team that won the Girls U19 Pan American Cup and qualified for the 2023 FIVB U19 Girls World Championship: outside hitter Julia Blyashov and setter Izzy Starck. Blyashov also played on the 2021 Girls U18 Team that won bronze at the 2021 FIVB U18 World Championship.
Two other players were alternates on the 2022 Girls U19 Team: opposite Olivia Babcock and middle blocker Alec Rothe.
New outside hitters on the 2023 roster are Blaire Bayless, Suli Davis, Brooklyn DeLeye, Kaci Demaria, Kelly Kinney, Teraya Sigler and Abby Vander Wal. The new middle blockers are Lizzy Andrew, Jaela Auguste, Taylor Harvey and Calissa Minatee.
Logan Parks is a new opposite/setter on the 2023 roster. Taylor Yu and Reese Messer are the new setters. Ava Falduto and Ryan McAleer are the liberos.
The 2023 Girls U19 Pan American Cup was a late addition to the NORCECA calendar and USA Volleyball looks forward to participating in both the Pan Am Cup and the 2023 FIVB Girls U19 World Championship.
The roster for the 2023 FIVB Girls U19 World Championship (Aug. 1-11 in Croatia and Hungary) will be determined later this year.
Name (Position, Height, Birth Year, Hometown, School, USAV Region)
Lizzy Andrew (MB, 6-5, 2005, Ridgefield, Wash., Ridgefield HS, Columbia Empire)
Jaela Auguste (MB, 6-2, 2006, Spring, Texas, Grand Oaks HS, Lonestar)
Olivia Babcock (OPP, 6-4, 2005, Los Angeles, Calif., Sierra Canyon HS, Southern California)
Blaire Bayless (OH, 6-2, 2005, Plano, Texas, Plano West Senior HS, North Texas)
Julia Blyashov (OH, 6-3, 2005, San Diego, Calif., Cathedral Catholic HS, Southern California)
Suli Davis (OH, 6-2, 2007, Euless, Texas, Nolan Catholic HS, North Texas)
Brooklyn DeLeye (OH, 6-2, 2005, Auburn, Kan., Washburn Rural HS, Heart of America)
Kaci Demaria (OH, 6-4, 2007, San Pedro, Calif., Palos Verdes HS, Southern California)
Ava Falduto (L, 5-7, 2006, Elmhurst, Ill., IC Catholic Prep, Great Lakes)
Taylor Harvey (MB, 6-3, 2006, Bountiful, Utah, Bountiful HS, Intermountain)
Kelly Kinney (OH, 6-2, 2007, West Palm Beach, Fla., The King’s Academy, Florida)
Ryan McAleer (L, 5-5, 2005, Leawood, Kan., Blue Valley HS, Heart of America)
Reese Messer (S, 5-11, 2006, Olathe, Kan., Saint James Academy, Heart of America)
Calissa Minatee (MB, 6-0, 2005, Kansas City, Mo., University of Minnesota, Heart of America)
Logan Parks (OPP/S, 5-11, 2006, Overland Park, Kan., Blue Valley North HS, Heart of America)
Alec Rothe (MB, 6-3, 2006, Dublin, Ohio, Dublin Scioto HS, Ohio Valley)
Teraya Sigler (OH, 6-2, 2006, Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz., Arizona)
Izzy Starck (S, 6-1, 2006, Colorado Springs, Colo., Rampart HS, Rocky Mountain)
Abby Vander Wal (OH, 6-3, 2006, Elmhurst, Ill., Timothy Christian HS, Great Lakes)
Taylor Yu (S, 6-0, 2006, Temple City, Calif., Temple City HS, Southern California)
Head Coach: Keegan Cook
Assistant Coach: Krista Hendrickson
Assistant Coach: Cursty Le Roux
Performance Analyst: Virginia Pham
Athletic Trainer: Cheryl Bueno
Team Lead: Courtney Smith