U-18 Girls Pan American Cup to be held in Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala, April 8, 2013 – Teams from eight countries – four of them already qualified to the FIVB U18 World Championship in Thailand – will compete in the second edition of the Girls’ Youth Pan American Cup from April 29 to May 4 in Guatemala City.
One last ticket to the world event – available for NORCECA and the South American Confederations – will be up for grabs by the Pool B teams who are not yet qualified for Thailand.
Pool A consists of defending champions Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Peru while Pool B comprises Chile, Colombia, Guatemala and Puerto Rico.
Two NORCECA teams, United States and Mexico, with secured tickets to Thailand are skipping the event to continue with their training for the 20-team competition in the Asian country.
The top ranked team of Pool B at the end of the round-robin preliminary phase will be granted a ticket to the world championship in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima from July 26 to August 4.
According to the competition format, the top two ranked teams in Pool A, will advance directly to the semifinals while the third and fourth placed squads will meet in the quarterfinals with the top teams of Pool B in cross-over matches.
Argentina won the first edition of the Pan American Cup held in Tijuana, Mexico from July 3 to 8 at the High Performance Centre Gym. The podium was completed with Mexico and Dominican Republic taking the silver and bronze medals respectively.
Preliminary round schedule: