Coaches ready to compete at the Boys U19 NORCECA Pan American Cup
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, March 12, 2023.- Coaches of the eight teams
attending the Boys U19 NORCECA Pan American Cup are ready for the
event that opens on Monday with United States facing Belize.
On Sunday morning, teams went through the preliminary inquiries where
they were explained that all participating teams are qualified and
eligible to participate in the NORCECA U19 Continental Championship
2024, the qualifying event to the FIVB U19 World Championship.
The official competition game ball will be MIKASA V200W, marking the
formal kick off of the new partnership between the NORCECA Volleyball
Confederation and MIKASA Corporation.
Coaches shared their insights prior to compete:
Albert Humes, head coach of Belize:
“This is the first time for this youth category in Belize to compete at
this level and we are really excited to see what they can do to keep our
volleyball progressing. This team is not the same one we competed with
in the Central American championship back in September and I believe
it’s a better one, so I expect a lot of things. We are not satisfied
with just coming to represent Belize, we are here to create hard work”.
Robertocarlo Argüello, head coach of Costa Rica:
“90 percent of the players are going to this years’ world championship
in Argentina. We are glad about the strong competition of our pool in
this tournament, alongside United States, Mexico and Belize who showed
great level at the Central American championship. This tournament helps
us to strive for Argentina. We are here to compete, not to participate
and we want to do things well, that’s why we’ve been training hard and
it’s not by chance that we are the current Central American champions”.
Luis Fernando Castañeda, head coach of Guatemala:
“Guatemala always comes out to compete the best we can and being the
host adds a small pressure to perform better. There are teams of great
level and we will face each match the best way possible, aiming for a
medal. All the boys are motivated, prepared to battle. We have new
members in the process, and we hope they achieve what we expect from
them; we have trust in each and every one”.
Oscar Viña, head coach of Mexico:
“The goal is to finish in the first two places. We consider the
tournament favorite is United States, we know about their quality, so we
believe we will have great resistance from Puerto Rico. This is great
preparation for our team that will be competing this year in Argentina”.
Jorge Mena, head coach of Nicaragua:
“Nicaragua always goes to tournaments to compete and not to participate.
We are prepared for the challenge and we will give our best; we will try
to win the most matches possible and learn with each one of them. We
will put up a fight against the bigger teams”.
Carlos De Sevilla Ríos, head coach of Puerto Rico:
“This is a great opportunity to prepare for the world championship in
Argentina, put into practice new things and mostly with the new rule.
The group is a bit different than last year; we have more height, and we
hope to reach the first two positions to battle for the gold medal”.
Antoine Vilet, head coach of Suriname:
“The team is prepared, they are a young and talented group. We have two
months preparing for this tournament, we are ready to compete, to hit
and score a valuable experience”.
Mathew Fuerbringer, head coach of United States:
“We’re here to start the qualification process for the World
Championship. We have great competition; every game is going to be a
challenge for us. The boys have been working really hard and we’re
coming to win, we are excited for the competition and to get better”.