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USA claims U20 Women’s Pan Am Title

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, May 13, 2017. – United States defeated Argentina 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 25-22) to claim the U20 Women’s Pan American Title on Saturday night at San Jose, Costa Rica.

The championship match featured the winners of the two vacancies to the FIVB World Championship in Mexico next June, with United States winning gold in their first time at the U20 Pan Am Cup. United States claimed the title with perfect 5-0 winning record. This is Argentina’s second silver medal in the history of the event; they finish with 3-2 record.

United States blocking was crucial to stop Argentineans fast game, with 13-6 margin. The gold medalists also prevailed in spikes with 41-38 margin and 3-2 in aces. Argentina scored on 23 errors of United States while committing 20 of their own.

Khalia Lanier of United States scored 16 points for a match-high, joined by middle Regan Pittman with 12 points and Mackenzie May added 11 points. The only Argentinean with double figures was opposite Anahi Tosi with 11 points.

Khalia Lanier, United States’ captain: “Winning in the final match is something we haven’t done a lot of, we feel great. This win was a good team effort, it wasn’t our best performance but we were mentally tough and we stayed in the game, that’s what made the difference”.

Jerritt Elliott, United States’ Head Coach: “Big congratulations to Argentina, they were disciplined, they had a great game plan, with a great coaching staff; they played very well. We made some mistakes early on  but the way that this team stayed steady with their routines says a lot of this group; we could have erupted emotionally and give away some games and we didn’t do that. We came-out successful, I’m proud of them”.

Azul Benitez, Argentina’s captain: “We just lost the championship match and obviously we’re not happy, nobody likes to lose. We leave satisfied to have qualified to worlds and because we played a good tournament”.

Guillermo Caceres, Argentina’s Head Coach: “This was a good championship match, with limited errors, it was a good spectacle. This is a category that has to display good volleyball. Argentina has to play more competitive matches like this one to improve our senior team. I am proud of my team and I congratulate USA, they deserved to win this tournament”.