USA and Dominican Republic to clash for NORCECA Girls’ U18 Title
San Jose, Costa Rica, June 29, 2014 – United States and Dominican Republic will clash in the gold medal match of the NORCECA Girls’ U18 Continental Championship taking place at Gimnasio Nacional of San Jose, Costa Rica.
Seven-time defending champion USA and Dominican Republic also booked tickets to the FIVB World Championship Girls’ U18 in 2015. It will be the fourth time that Americans and Dominicans meet for the NORCECA U18 title with USA winning on each occasion.
In the semifinals, USA beat Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-17) while Dominican Republic dominated Mexico 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-14).
The bronze medal match between Puerto Rico and Mexico promises to be a thriller while granting the last ticket available for the Girls’ U-18 2015 FIVB World Championship.
United States 3, Puerto Rico 0
Defending champions United States will have the chance to earn their seventh title in a row on Sunday’s gold medal match. USA’s blocking had an impact in Puerto Rico’s overall performances with a 13-3 advantage. In other categories they held a slight margin of 31-28 in spikes and 4-3 in service points. USA’s captain Kathryn Plummer was the top scorer with 15 points, including 11 kills, 3 blocks and 1 ace. Teammate Morgyn Greer contributed 12 points, 9 in kills and 3 in blocks. On Puerto Rico’s side, captain Alejandra Negron totalized 9 points, joined by Paola Salas and Adeannette Ramos with 8 points apiece.
Dominican Republic 3, Mexico 0
Dominicans powered past Mexico as the losers fought back and forth without finding their way into the game. The winners also performed surprisingly with excellent defense. One of the highlights of the match was in set two when the Mexicans saved six set-points before succumbing. Dominican Republic held advantages in spikes 37-26, blocks 9-4 advantage and aces 3-1. Vielka Peralta (13), Natalia Martinez (13) and Massiel Matos (11) led the winners’ attack, while Mexico had Karla Mireles and Kathya Garcia as their top scorers with 9 points each.
Trinidad and Tobago 3, Honduras 0
Trinidad and Tobago defeated Honduras 25-23, 26-24, 25-15 to finish in seventh place. The Caribbean team was far better in spikes with a 32-17 margin and in the blocking category 10-4 and outserved the opponents 7-5. For Trinidad and Tobago, Reann Young scored a tournament-high 19 points, with 16 kills and 2 service points; also Kaylon Cruickshank with 16 points and Destiny Leon with 10 points finished in double digits.