TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 23, 2022 – The United States finished the Pan American Cup with a big win over Brazil, 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-17) to take the gold medal on Saturday at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
Team USA (5-0) is qualified for the 2023 FIVB World Championship. Brazil (4-1) will look to earn its berth at the South American championship.
The U.S. team was dominant in attacks (41-17) and aces (9-1). It led in blocks 10-9. Brazil scored on 19 U.S. errors and committed 15 of its own.
U.S. outside hitter Harper Murray led all scorers with 15 points on a match-high 13 attacks and two blocks. Opposite Abigail Mullen added 14 points on nine spikes, a match-high four blocks and an ace.
U.S. setter Bergen Reilly had a match-high three aces.
Brazil was led by outside hitter Rebeca Borges who had six points on three attacks and three blocks.
U.S. Coach Jamie Morrison: We got better over the course of the tournament. We talked a lot about learning from each match and making sure we fixed any problems the next morning and then we went into the next match. We continued to do that pretty perfectly.
Brazil Coach Hylmer Do Nascimento Dias: It was a great tournament for us. Our team is very young. It is important for us to get experience for them. This tournament helped prepare them for the South American championship. The U.S. team did a great job today and congratulations to them for the gold medal.
TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 23, 2022 – Dominican Republic won a battle with Puerto Rico 3-1 (28-26, 22-25, 25-22, 32-30) to take the bronze medal at the Girls U19 Pan American Cup at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
Both Dominican Republic (4-2) and Puerto Rico (2-4) qualified for the 2023 FIVB World Championship.
The teams were very close statistically. They were tied in attacks 59-59. Dominican Republic led in blocks 11-7 and Puerto Rico led in aces 12-8. Dominican Republic scored 29 points on Puerto Rico’s errors while giving up 25.
The match included a third set in which Puerto Rico held off seven match points before Dominican Republic won. In the fourth set, Dominican Republic held match point five times before winning on the sixth. Puerto Rico held set point twice.
Dominican Republic outside hitter Katielle Vargas led all scorers with 30 points on a match-high 27 attacks, two blocks and one ace. Dominican middle blocker Selanny Puente had a match-high four blocks.
Puerto Rico’s opposite Grace Lopez led her team with 28 points on 24 spikes and a match-high four aces.
Wagner Pacheco, coach of Dominican Republic: It was a tough game. We knew it was going to be this way because there is a great rivalry between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. We failed a lot, something we hadn’t been doing, but in the end they failed a little more than us. Happy very happy.
Juan Carlos Rodriguez, coach of Puerto Rico: I understand that the girls did an excellent job and we finished the tournament playing very well. Very pleased and I hope that they understand the commitment to train with dedication towards the World Cup.
TULSA, Oklahoma, July 23, 2022 – Mexico grabbed the final berth to the 2023 U19 FIVB World Championship with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-18) win over Canada on Saturday at the 2022 Pan American Cup at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
Mexico (4-2) finished the tournament in fifth place.
Mexico led in spikes (34-27) and aces (11-6). Canada (2-4) led in blocks (7-3) but gave up 27 points on scoring errors while Mexico gave up 19.
Mexico outside hitter Michelle Arzate led all scorers with 12 points on a match-high 10 spikes and two aces. Opposite Luz Solano added 11 points on eight attacks, one block and two aces. Outside hitter Ximena Cordero totaled 10 points on seven spikes and a match-high three aces.
Canada’s scoring was led by outside hitter Abagayle Guezen who scored 10 points on six attacks and two blocks. Setter Kaiya Tyson had a match-high three blocks.
Luis Banuelos, coach of Mexico: We are very happy to have achieved the main goal, which was a pass to the World Championship. We know that we still have a lot to work on, a lot to analyze this entire tournament. But this is a time to celebrate together with the girls, together with our families and all of Mexico. Very happy with the pass to the World Championship.
Canada Coach Christine Biggs: Obviously it’s painful to not come away with a win tonight and a berth to the world championships. I definitely feel for the athletes who committed to the process and did a lot of learning over the week. I think it’s a really good step for them and for the program for our young athletes to have this experience in their developmental pathway. It’s good for our senior national team program to have athletes coming in that have been in these pressure situations.
TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 23, 2022 – Peru picked up its first win of the tournament with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-18) victory over Costa Rica on Saturday at the 2022 Girls U19 Pan American Cup at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
Peru (1-4) finishes the tournament in seventh place.
Peru led in attacks (38-24) while Costa Rica led in blocks (5-3) and aces (9-7). Peru scored on 27 Costa Rica errors and committed 23.
Peru outside hitters Katherine Pauro and Fabiana Hurtado finished with 14 points each. Pauro had 13 attacks and one ace. Hurtado had 12 attacks and two aces.
Costa Rica outside hitter Nazareth Mata led her team with 10 points on eight spikes, one block and one ace.
Peru Coach Walter Lung: The victory is better. The structure of the game was different because previous matches were against taller teams. We are happy because this is a small team that has good defense. We are happy because we have a victory at the end.
Kareem Richars, coach of Costa Rica: It has been a very growing experience. In today’s game we expected a little more, but it is part of the game, part of the development. We need a little more. We leave happy. The objective was attained. The organization has been excellent. We hope that Costa Rica in future competitions can compete at a higher level.
TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 22, 2022 – Team USA continued to roll through the Pan American Cup with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-15) semifinal win over Dominican Republic on Friday at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
The United States (4-0) will play Brazil (4-0) for the championship on Saturday. Dominican Republic (3-2) will face Puerto Rico (2-3) in the bronze medal match.
Dominican Republic kept the pressure on the United States. Although the U.S. led in attacks (39-18) and blocks (4-1), the teams were tied in aces (6-6) and each team had 25 scoring errors.
Dominican opposite Ariana Rodriguez led all scorers with 14 points on a match-high 12 attacks and two aces.
Outside hitter Harper Murray led Team USA with 10 points on eight spikes, one block and one ace.
U.S. Coach Jamie Morrison: It was nice to be pushed. The Dominicans have always been a good rival of the United States. I was happy they pushed us a little bit. We got to learn some things about our team. I’m sure tomorrow night will be a battle.
Wagner Pacheco, coach of Dominican Republic: A tough game. We knew that the United States is a very strong team but I think we played well and kept up a good level of play. It is difficult to play against the United States. We are prepared and rested for tomorrow from where we can leave with a bronze medal. In short, happy.
TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 22, 2022 – Puerto Rico almost handed Brazil its first loss of the Pan American Cup, but the South Americans prevailed, 3-2 (19-25, 25-21, 25-15, 18-25, 15-8) on Friday at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
Brazil (4-0) will play for the championship on Saturday. Puerto Rico will play for third place. Puerto Rico is qualified for the 2023 FIVB Girls U19 World Championship.
Brazil led the match in aces (13-6) and blocks (16-9). Puerto Rico led in attacks (54-48). The teams each had 25 scoring errors.
The teams were tied 5-5 in the fifth set when Brazil scored on an ace and a kill, both from outside hitter Vittoria Kuehne, and Puerto Rico never recovered.
Brazil’s outside hitter Rebeca Borges led all scorers with 25 points on 19 spikes, two blocks and a match-high four aces. Vittoria finished with 18 points on 15 kills and three aces. Middle blocker Juliana Palhano scored 12 points on five spikes and a match-high seven blocks.
Puerto Rico’s left-handed opposite Grace Lopez scored 22 points on a match-high 20 attacks, one block and one ace. Outside hitter Destiny Skerrett added 15 points on 12 spikes and three blocks.
Juan Carlos Rodriguez, coach of Puerto Rico: It was a good match. The players raised their game with a great first set that was almost perfect. We recover in the room. Brazil is a taller team but not as strong. I am proud and satisfied with the work of the girls.
TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 22, 2022 – Canada had to come back in each set against a tenacious Costa Rica and went on to win 3-0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-22) at the Pan American Cup on Friday at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
Canada (2-3) will play Mexico (3-2) for fifth place and a 2023 World Championship berth on Saturday. Costa Rica (0-4) will play Peru (0-4) for seventh place.
Costa Rica had set point three times in the first set, but Canada held off the loss. Canada took its first set point at 26-25 and won on a kill by Taylor de Boer. Costa Rica led 23-19 in the second set before Canada scored six straight points to win. Costa Rica led 16-14 in the third set before Canada pulled ahead.
Costa Rica scored 39 points on Canada’s errors while giving up 19. Costa Rica led in aces (7-5). Canada led in spikes (50-24) and blocks (3-2).
De Boer led all scorers with 16 points on 15 kills and one ace. Sofia Vega led Costa Rica with 10 points on seven spikes and three aces.
Canada Coach Christine Biggs: It was frustrating to see so many unforced errors from the group today. Every match that we are in is an opportunity for us to learn as we progress later into the tournament in terms of body management and ability to focus and execute in all sorts of circumstances. I’m pleased that we get to advance into the next match. It’s a big one for us. But we have a lot of work to do.
Kareem Richards, coach of Costa Rica: “Very proud of these girls that showed that with the proper preparation and the right structure they are able to compete at this level. Canada is a very good team, very tall but the players followed our instructions and that is why played the way we did. The lack of experience showed at the end of the sets that we could not close. Even though we did not win the match, we got a lot of experience. Today, our team grew up a little bit more.”
TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 22, 2022 – Mexico kept alive its hopes for a 2023 World Championship berth with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-21) win over Peru in the Pan American Cup on Friday at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
Mexico (3-2) will play in the fifth-place match on Saturday. Peru (0-4) will play for seventh.
Mexico’s attack overwhelmed Peru as it led in spikes 41-26. Mexico also scored 24 points on Peru’s errors while committing 19. The teams tied in blocks (4-4) and aces (6-6).
Mexico outside hitter Ximena Cordero dominated the match, leading all scorers with 18 points on 18 spikes. She also had 13 digs. Mexico’s libero Sofia Padron had 19 digs.
Peru was led by outside hitter Fabiana Hurtado who scored nine points on seven spikes, one block and one ace.
Luis Bañuelos, coach of Mexico: “We are very happy about winning this match, after the one we lost yesterday. It is good for the motivation of the group. Now we have to wait for the match between Canada and Costa Rica to achieve a good position in this tournament.”
Peru Coach Walter Lung: We hoped this match would be better, but it wasn’t. Technically, the team showed improvement. We are still working to improve and develop.
TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 21, 2022 – The Dominican Republic will go to the semifinals of the 2022 Girls U19 Pan American Cup after beating Canada in the quarterfinals on Thursday, 3-1 (23-25, 25-12, 25-12, 26-24) at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
The win also qualified the Dominican Republic (3-1) for the 2023 Girls U19 World Championship. The Dominican will play the United States (3-0) in the semifinals. Canada (1-3) will play Peru (0-3) in the fifth-place bracket.
Scoring errors proved costly for Canada. It gave up 36 points to the Dominican Republic, which had 21 errors. The Dominicans serving was also tough for Canada to handle. The DR led in aces 11-3. It also held smaller leads in spikes (42-42) and blocks (10-8).
Dominican Republic outside hitter Katielle Vargas and opposite Ariana Rodriguez each finished with 18 points. Vargas scored 13 attacks and a match-high five blocks. Rodriguez added 13 spikes, a match-high four aces and one block.
Canada was led by outside hitter Taylor de Boer with 14 points on 13 attacks and one block.
Wagner Pacheco, coach of Dominican Republic: Very happy with this victory. Now we have to rest because we have a very tough match against United States. Our goal now is to get one of the medals back to Dominican Republic.”
Canada Coach Christine Biggs: It’s tough to be that close and not come out with that fourth set. I definitely was proud of the developments the group made in a short period of time. We did a lot of work in video and on the practice court leading into this match. I think the athletes did a really great job of executing the gameplan and showing that they are growing every day.
TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 21, 2022 – Puerto Rico came back from a first-set loss to beat Mexico 3-1 (20-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-21) on Thursday at the Girls U19 Pan American Cup at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
The win qualified Puerto Rico (2-2) for one of the four spots available to NORCECA teams for the 2023 FIVB World Championship. The team will move on to play in Friday’s semifinals. Mexico (2-2) will move to the fifth-place bracket.
Puerto Rico led Mexico in attacks (55-50) and aces (6-4). Mexico led in blocks (11-7). Puerto Rico scored 29 points on Mexico’s errors and gave up 26.
Puerto Rico opposite Grace Lopez led all scorers with 25 points on a match-high 21 attacks, two blocks and two aces. Outside hitter Destiny Skerrett scored 19 points on 18 kills and one block. Middle blocker Yarianis Suarez had a match-high four blocks for Puerto Rico.
Mexico was led by outside hitter Ximena Cordero who had 17 points on 16 spike and one block.
Juan Carlos Rodriguez, coach of Puerto Rico: “Very happy with this victory. The girls were very anxious in the first set. We asked them to calm down and they did it. Our game improved in the following sets. The serves, the attacks down the corners and defense were good. We are very happy with this qualification to the world championship.”
Luis Bañuelos, coach of Mexico: “Very sad because we lost this match. We started playing well but then we committed too many errors that affected our chances. We still have two more matches to play and hopefully we will do better.”