USA wins NORCECA U20 title and qualifies to the FIVB World
AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico, June 23, 2018.- United States beat
Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-20, 25-11, 25-20) to win the Women’s
NORCECA U20 Championship in Aguascalientes and qualifies to the
2019 FIVB age-group World Championship.
This is United States’ seventh NORCECA title; in a back to back
title match against Dominican Republic who won the past
In the beginning both teams were intense offensively; with
Skyler Fields and Molly Phillips holding off Dominicans Natalia
Martinez and Madeline Guillen. It was a matter of time when the
US managed continuous blocking with Madison Kubik and Phillips
controlling Dominican Republic’s offense and ripping their back
row defense. The US had a remarkable second set with an ongoing
party of points leaving their opponents without resources to
recover from in the third and final set.
United States outclassed Dominican Republic with a huge 14-5
margin in blocking, 31-24 margin in attacks and 5-2 in aces. The
US scored on 25 opponent errors while committing 20 of their
United States’ leading scorers were: middle blocker Molly
Phillips with 13 points, including 7 outstanding blocks; wing
spiker Madison Kubik with 13 points, including 9 kills and 2
blocks; Skyler Fields scored 9 points and Logan Eggleston added
8. Wing spiker Natalia Martinez with 11 points was Dominican
Republic’s top scorer.
Logan Eggleston captain of USA:
“I am so excited, I’m so proud of our team, we played so hard
tonight. I am so happy right now. We came out really strong and
Dominicans weren’t expecting that. They had to be intimidated;
we came out working together, being good teammates”.
Keegan Cook head coach of USA:
“We played just the way we wanted to play the whole tournament
at the right time; we did a good job especially against a really
good team and a special outside hitter tonight did a nice job
against number 8. The whole game we were steady. We always
thought we could win, we have a lot of respect for Dominican
Republic and two years ago we were in the same position, up by
2-0 and they came back and beat us, so the motto was it’s over
until it’s over”.
Wagner Pacheco head coach of Dominican Republic:
“United States played perfectly; they served well and killed us.
United States hadn’t played this way, everything worked well for
them and for mi nothing worked out. I have a really good team,
we advanced to the title match playing strong, hard and we stood
up against a great opponent; I am happy with my team”.