United States NORCECA U18 champion by beating Canada


Tegucigalpa, Honduras. September 1, 2018. The United States was crowned champion of the NORCECA U18 Women's Continental Championship by winning 3-0 (25-13, 25-2, 25-23) to Canada, reaching eight titles in the history of this category and both qualified for the U18 World Cup in Egypt.


Before a gym to burst, supporting the finalist teams, both squads delighted the fans with impressive attacks and defensive plays.


The United States was unstoppable in the attack with 39 points, by 21 of its rivals, in addition its blocking was superior 14-3 and they surpassed 8-6 in the service, committing 18 unforced errors, by 14 of Canada.


Jessica Mruzik with 19 points was the top scorer of the champion team, and her teammates Devyn Robinson and Emily Londot contributed 13 points. Karatina Pantovic was the best for Canada with nine points.


Allison Jacobs, captain of the United States: "I am happy, but also all the team and the coaches of our teams share this feeling, for all we have achieved here. I can not describe, I do not have words, we're just happy to be able to qualify for the World Championship. "


James Stone, coach of the United States: "I'm very happy with how the girls played, Canada is a great team, it's very good, that's why we were not surprised in the third set to be pressured and take advantage. They pushed and fought to win, but in the end we managed to impose as a team. "


"We trained to play at the highest level, although we had accessible opponents, we always practiced to be at the highest level."


Dale Melnick, coach of Canada: "The United States is a tremendous team, its coach is very good, but I am very proud of the work that our young athletes did, we are going to get something very good from this team".


"We are very happy, throughout the tournament we could see the support of the Honduran public, also young athletes from here in Honduras have a good relationship with our players."