Lauren Carlini of Aurora (West Aurora High School, Sports Performance Volleyball Club) is one of 12 players named to the U.S. Girls' Youth National Team roster for the upcoming 2011 FIVB Girls' Youth (U-18) World Championship August 12-21 in Turkey, the U.S. Volleyball Association announced Monday..
Middle blockers selected for the team are Alexis Austin (Houston, Thunder Volleyball/Lone Star Region), Janae Hall (Centennial, Colo., Front Range/Rocky Mountain Region), Molly McCage (Spring, Texas, Woodlands Wave/Lone Star Region) and Amber Rolfzen (Papillion, Neb., Nebraska Juniors/Great Plains Region).
Setters are Carlini and.Nicole Edelman (Boulder, Colo., Front Range/Rocky Mountain).
Selected as outside hitters are Jordan Burgess (Tampa, Fla., Tampa Bay Juniors/Florida Region), Paulina Prieto (Miami, Boomers Volleyball Club/Florida Region) and Kadie Rolfzen (Papillion, Neb., Nebraska Juniors/Great Plains Region). The two opposites are Andie Malloy (Allen, Texas, Skyline Juniors/North Texas Region) and Nicole Dalton (Boulder, Colo., Front Range/Rocky Mountain Region).
The libero is Allison Palmer (Laguna Beach, Calif., Laguna Beach Volleyball Club/Southern California Region).
"It is a pretty athletic group," said U.S. Girls' Youth National Team Head Coach Jim Stone in reference to its strengths heading into this summer's competition in Turkey. "However, they still need to learn the whole game - hit, pass, serve and dig - as the international game has limited subs.
"That part has to work out in a short period of training time," he added. "We have good athletes and I was impressed with their work ethic, so I think they will be fine and ready for World Championship."
Burgess, Malloy, McCage and Palmer are repeat selections from last year. The foursome helped the U.S. Girls' Youth National Team qualify for this year's FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship by claiming the gold medal at the 2010 NORCECA Girls' Youth Continental Championship held in Guatemala.
"Ideally, you would want 12 players all returning with international experience," Stone said. "At the same time, you don't want to preclude any athlete who does not have international experience."
The U.S. Girls' Youth National Team will compete in the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships (HPC) July 26-30 in Tucson, Ariz. in preparation for the World Championships. At the completion of the HPC, the team will continue training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., before departing for Turkey.
The U.S. Girls' Youth National Team roster was determined through a second tryout session held June 3-5 with 25 athletes participating at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
To be eligible for the Girls' Youth program, athletes must be United States citizens born in either 1994 or 1995.