USA swept Trinidad and Tobago in NORCECA first victory
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, October 8,
States swept Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 (25-8, 25-7, 25-7) in
their first NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship victory
that started this Tuesday at Roberto Clemente Coliseum of
San Juan, Puerto Rico.
United States opened pool B controlling the entire match
with a dominant performance in every skill of the game with
37-8 margin in attacks, 5-2 in blocks and 15-0 in aces. The
U.S. committed 12 errors and Trinidad and Tobago 18.
Middle blockers Hannah Tapp and Tori Dixon led USA’s scorers
with 11 points each; Tapp on 8 kills and 3 aces, while Tori
contributed with 6 attacks, 2 blocks and 3 aces. Opposite
Karsta Lowe added 10 points.
United States plays Mexico on day two of competition;
Trinidad and Tobago faces Dominican Republic.
Hannah Tapp, middle blocker United States: “Our first game
back after World Cup was a lot of fun playing together; we
enjoyed ourselves because we took a little time off. Always
respecting our opponent, we definitely wanted to work on
some things that we´ve been struggling with, like serves,
mixing up depth and different zones to get better and play
our best during the competition. We want to make sure we put
ourselves in the position to be our best, relaxed but not
tense to get the job done and execute playing at a high
Kiune Fletcher, captain of Trinidad and Tobago: “We scored a
few points, we tried our best, and we knew weren’t going to
beat them. I think overall, considering that we are a very
young team and our first international tournament together,
we did well; definitely we were nervous”.
Karch Kiraly, Head Coach of United States: “The players were
trying to be good on our side of the net and not worry about
what the other team is doing and challenging ourselves.
Trinidad is a young team, they have a lot to learn and we
wish them great luck.
Sean Morrison, Head Coach of Trinidad and Tobago: “As I said
before, for us it’s development. The scores don’t show that
we can play, the girls were a little disarray and nervous.
The U.S. is very strong team and we are very young, we’re
thinking about our future. For me it was a good start for
them to see where they stand and work with that”.