USA won the gold at NORCECA Women’s Junior Championship
Mexico, August 5, 2006.- The USA Team captured the gold medal at the
NORCECA Continental Women’s Junior Championship with a 25-15, 25-23,
20-25, 18-25, 15-9 marathon five-set victory over Dominican Republic
on Saturday evening. Team USA and Dominican Republic have qualified
for the 2007 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship (U-20) as the
top two teams in this bi-annual NORCECA event. Puerto Rico swept
Canada 25-18, 25-20, 25-21 in bronze medal match tch and also
qualified for the world tournament as the third-place team. “I'm
very proud of how the team stayed together, stayed with the game
plan in the fifth set after losing the third and fourth,” Team USA
Head Coach Craig Skinner said.
Dominican Republic and USA will battle for the gold at NORCECA U-20
Mexico, August 4, 2006.- Dominican Republic and USA advanced to the
match for the gold medal at NORCECA Women’s U-20 Continental
Tournament and also secured berths for the 2007 Junior World
Dominicans defeated Puerto Rico in a close match 25-23, 27-25,
18-25, 25-21 and the Americans took a 25-12, 25-18, 25-21 victory
against Canada. In the match for fifth place Cuba walked over Mexico
with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-17 triumph.
Puerto Rico will meet Canada on Saturday for the bronze medal and
the winner will get also a ticket for next year’s World
Bethania de la Cruz led Dominican Republic with 25 points and got
help from Ana Fabian and Altagracia Mambru who added 15 and 14
points respectively. Yarimar Rosa scored 18 for Puerto Rico and
Emily Calderon added 16.
Dominicans and Puerto Ricans engaged in a close battle during the
whole match but at the end the better serves and reception sent
Dominican Republic to the final match of the competition.
“It was a great battle as I expected because Puerto Rico is a very
tough competitor,” said Wilson Sanchez, the Dominican coach. “My
players were mentally prepared for that kind of resistance.”
and Canada join the semi final round at NORCECA U-20
Mexico, August 3, 2006.- Teams of Puerto Rico and Canada
completed the list of semi finalists at the NORCECA Women’s
U-20 Continental Tournament, where the top two teams will
qualify for the 2007 Junior World Championship.
Following a dramatic five-set triumph over Cuba 22-25, 25-21,
21-25, 25-11, 15-9, the Puerto Ricans will face Dominican
Republic in the first semi final match on Friday while Canada
will play USA after its four-set win against host Mexico by
score of 23-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-22.
The Puerto Rican’s serves and their overall defense was the
key for the victory in the fourth set and the tie-breaker.
“My respect to the Cuban team which played a great match,”
said Luis Garcia, the Puerto Rican coach. “But my players
never let their rhythm to get down and we kept the strength of
our serves and the good defense to prevail.”
Dominican Republic and USA to semi finals in NORCECA U-20
Mexico, August 2, 2006.- Dominican Republic and USA advanced
to the semi finals of the NORCECA Women’s U-20 Tournament and
will benefit of a rest day on Thursday in this qualifier for
the 2007 Juniors World Championship.
The Dominicans edged past Mexico in five sets 25-23, 25-20,
23-25, 22-25, 15-9, and the Americans got a 25-20, 24-26,
25-14, 25-15 victory against Canada.
On Thursday, Puerto Rico meet Cuba and Mexico clash with
Canada in the quarterfinals. Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica
will play for the seventh position.
The Dominicans showed their traditional offensive game with
good blocking but had to face the strong opposition of the
host squad supported by more than 3,000 spectators at Nuevo
Mexico defeated Cuba in NORCECA’s U-20
Mexico, August 1, 2006.-
produced a major surprise in defeating Cuba and keeping an
unbeaten record in Pool A at the NORCECA Women’s U-20
an enthusiastic crowd of more than 3,000, the Mexicans beat
the Cubans (0-2) by score of 25-17, 21-25, 25-22, 29-27, and
now will meet Dominican Republic on Wednesday for the top spot
in their pool and a direct ticket to the semi final round of
In other matches on Tuesday, Puerto Rico beat Canada in four
sets, Dominican Republic defeated Trinidad & Tobago and USA
crushed Costa Rica.
During the whole match, the Mexicans showed consistency and
the blocking created problems to their rivals. Their attack
was led by Captain Zaida Orellana.
The win marked the first all-time victory for Mexico over Cuba
in junior women’s volleyball and the first in all levels of
the gender since 1970.
“It was a well fought match and we entered the court with a
positive mentality about our chances to win it,”
Dominican Republic, USA, Canada and Mexico start on right
México, July 31, 2006.- Dominican Republic, USA, Canada and
Mexico started on the right track at the NORCECA Women’s U-20
Continental Tournament where the top two teams will qualify
for the World Championship next year.
The Dominicans used strong serves and effective blocking to
defeat Cuba 25-21, 25-13, 25-21, USA relied on its size to
beat Puerto Rico 25-14, 24-26, 25-15, 25-21, Canada prevailed
over Costa Rica 25-10, 25-18, 25-17 and Mexico walked over
Trinidad & Tobago 25-5, 25-9, 25-13.
Altagracia Mambru led the Dominican attack with 12 points and
Cindy Rondon and Bethania de la Cruz each added 10.
“We came here very well prepared and our goal is clear:
Winning the crown,” said Wilson Sanchez, the Dominican coach.
“We know the Cuban strong style, very similar to ours. We
worked on our strong serves trying to create problems to their
The match USA-Puerto Rico had up and downs in both sides but
the Americans used their height advantage as the key for the
U-20 begin today in Monterrey
Mexico, July 31, 2006.- Eight teams begin today the battle for two
available spots in the NORCECA Women’s U-20 Continental Tournament
for next year FIVB Volleyball Championship.
Dominican Republic, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico will play in
Pool A and defending champions USA, Puerto Rico, Canada and Costa
Rica will compete in Pool A of the event to be held at Gimnasio
The top two ranked teams of this competition will advance to the
2007 U-20 Women’s World Championship in a country still to be
Among the players taking part, some of the standouts are Dominican
middle-blocker Cindy Rondon, with experience in the Italian A-1
League, Cuban Lisandra Valdez and Puerto Rican Yarimar Rosa, the
second best scorer at the U-20 World Championship last year in
The winner of each pool automatically advance to the semi finals
while the second and third ranked teams of each pool will meet in
crossed matches in the quarterfinals round.
The matches for third place and the championship will be played on
Pic. Cindy Rondon