FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship



Team manager Sullivan III, Kenneth
Coach Kiraly, Karch
Assistant coach Sunahara, Reed
2nd assistant coach Hebert, Michael
Physiotherapist Wosmek, Jill
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Alisha Glass Glass 05.04.1988 184 72 305 300 Imoco Volley
  4   Cursty Jackson Jackson 11.09.1990 188 71 320 310 Galatasaray
  L 5 Tamari Miyashiro Miyashiro 08.07.1987 170 70 284 266 Allianz Volley Stuttgart
  7   Cassidy Lichtman Lichtman 25.05.1989 185 68 299 279 Sichuan Women's Volleyball
  8 Lauren Gibbemeyer Gibbemeyer 08.09.1988 187 71 307 293 Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul
  C 9   Kristin Lynn Hildebrand Hildebrand 30.06.1985 185 68 300 284 Impel Volleyball S.A.
  10 Jordan Larson Larson 16.10.1986 188 75 302 295 Athletes Unlimted
  L 12   Kayla Banwarth Banwarth 21.01.1989 178 75 295 283 USA Volleyball Team
  13 Christa Harmotto Dietzen Dietzen 12.10.1986 188 79 322 300 Fenerbahce SK
  14   Nicole Fawcett Fawcett 16.12.1986 191 82 310 291 Agil Volley SSD ARL
  15 Kelly Murphy Murphy 20.10.1989 188 79 315 307 USA Women's Volleyball Team
  16   Kimberly Hill Hill 30.11.1989 193 72 320 310 Imoco Volley
  17 Lauren Paolini Paolini 22.08.1987 193 73 317 299 Hitachi Automotive Systems
  20   Jenna Hagglund Hagglund 28.05.1989 178 68 292 290 Futura Volley
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

USA, ranked second in the world, continue its journey with volleyball legend Karch Kiraly taking charge of the team. Early this year, Kiraly had already taken USA to seize the season-opening tournament, the Pan American Cup, with a perfect record that qualified them for the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix.

USA completed the five-week long 2013 World Grand Prix in sixth place, falling short of defending their three-year reign at the premier annual women’s volleyball event. The team missed its top performers Destinee Hooker, Megan Hodge, Foluke Akinradewo, Logan Tom and Tayyiba Haneef-Park but banked on the new roster of talents. The team went back to the drawing board and eventually proved why they are one of the best in the world by seizing the NORCECA gold in their four-set duel against the Dominican Republic. With the positive turn of events, USA won the ticket to represent the NORCECA zone at the World Grand Champions Cup.

USA have been a dominant bloc in the continental championship, bagging a total of seven golds, 11 silvers and three bronzes in 23 editions. In other competitions, USA proudly kept a collection of Olympic medals – three silver medals (1984, 2008, 2012) and a bronze medal (1992) – as well as silver and bronze medals at the World Championship and World Cup.

Coach profile

Karch Kiraly is a legendary volleyball player who later became an assistant coach for the USA women that earned the silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics, and subsequently named as the programme’s head coach for the next Olympic cycle. Kiraly has been recognised by many as the greatest volleyball player ever. In 2000, Kiraly was celebrated as the best player of the century alongside Lorenzo Bernardi (Italy) and Regla Torres (Cuba). He is the only volleyball player – male or female – to win Olympic gold medals in both the indoor and beach volleyball disciplines.