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2010 Girls' Youth Olympic Games
21 - 26 August 2010

 USA / USA - Team Composition

Team manager
Head coach Wilde, Rodney
Assistant coach Johnson-Tagaloa, Charlene
Therapist / trainer
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Mary Boyle Boyle 9/12/1992 176 66 287 280 Rockwood Thunder
  2   Elizabeth Briones Briones 13/11/1992 187 70 303 292 Ozark Juniors
  C 3 Samantha Cash Cash 5/05/1993 191 70 305 289 Coast Volleyball Club
  4   Crystal Graff Graff 6/08/1992 191 67 300 291 Capital Volleyball Academy
  5 Micha Hancock Hancock 10/11/1992 180 75 305 297 Agil Volley
  6   Natalie Hayes Hayes 19/03/1993 180 68 284 278 Springfield Juniors
  7 Christina Higgins Higgins 15/08/1993 188 72 309 300 Sport Shack
  8   Madison Kamp Kamp 28/01/1993 185 73 293 288 Ultimate VBC
  9 Madison Mahaffey Mahaffey 9/08/1993 193 75 307 303 Team Sting
  10   Elizabeth McMahon McMahon 27/02/1993 197 70 308 295 Dresdner SC 1898
  11 Katherine Mitchell Mitchell 28/11/1993 187 72 302 300 Texas Tornadoes
  L 12   Tiffany Morales Morales 6/12/1993 169 64 283 280 Mizuno Long Beach
  13 Lauren O'Conner O'Conner 5/08/1993 193 71 307 303 NKYVC
  14   Olivia Okoro Okoro 18/08/1993 186 67 312 295 Dallas Premier
  15 Kamryn Sherman Sherman 8/01/1993 181 68 288 284 JJVA
  16   Taylor Cook Cook 10/09/1993 191 81 318 307 Heungkuklife Pinkspiders
  17 Lauren Teknipp Teknipp 12/02/1993 188 72 295 291 A5 VBC
  18   Christina Vucich Vucich 8/09/1993 192 72 293 290 Triangle VBC
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

The U.S. qualified to compete in the Youth Olympic Games by winning the 2010 NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship played April 27 to May 2 in Guatemala. In addition, the NORCECA gold medal also secured the U.S. a spot into the 2011 FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship to be held next year in Turkey.

Selected players for the U.S. Girls' Youth Olympic Team roster are middle blockers Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif.), Madison Mahaffey (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) and Olivia Okoro (Carrollton, Texas). Outside and opposite hitters on the roster are Crystal Graff (Madison, Wis.), Natalie Hayes (Ozark, Mo.), Christina Higgins (Inglewood, Calif.), Elizabeth McMahon (Liberty Township, Ohio), Katherine Mitchell (The Woodlands, Texas) and Taylor Simpson (Colorado Springs, Colo.).

The two setters on the squad are Micha Hancock (Edmond, Okla.) and Madison Kamp (Orland Park, Ill.). The libero is Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif.).

U.S. Girls' Youth Games Head Coach Rod Wilde has selected Cash to serve as the team captain. She, along with McMahon, were part of the gold-medal winning 2010 NORCECA Women's Junior Continental Championship team that went undefeated without dropping a single set at the event held July 5-10 in Mexico.

Cash, Graff, Kamp, Mahaffey, McMahon, Okoro and Simpson were all part of the U.S. Women's Junior National Training Team that trained May 20-22 at the U.s. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The remaining 11 players were originally selected to the U.S. Women's Junior National A2 Team program.

Coach profile

Rod Wilde has moved from being an international elite player to being a coach at various levels of competition in the United States, including college and USA Volleyball's High Performance Pipeline.

Wilde played setter for four seasons (1976-79) at Pepperdine. He was named in the All-American first team three times. His teams shared two SCIVA titles and went to the NCAA Championships three times. He made the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 1978 when the Waves won their first national championship. He was a four-time all-conference selection (twice on the first team).

Wilde later served as Pepperdine’s men’s Volleyball coach from 1986 through 1988 when Marv Dunphy was coaching the U.S. National Team. Wilde’s Wave teams were 58-27 and won the 1986 national championship.

Wilde was a member of the USA team and an alternate on the 1984 Olympic squad. He served as an assistant coach for the U.S. teams at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. He has worked as the men’s coach at UC San Diego, the women’s coach at Drake and an assistant women’s coach at Wisconsin.

Rod is a six-time USAV All American and was MVP in 1989. He was a member of the 1983 Pan American Team. Rod was the 30 and over MVP at Nationals in 1992 and 1999.


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