USA get ticket to the Norceca U18 Final and FIVB World
TIJUANA, Mexico, August 10, 2012 — The United States qualified
to the Finals at the Norceca Women’s U18 Continental
Championship, after beating Puerto Rico 3-1 (26-24, 25-13,
Carli Snyder totalized 25 points (2 aces, 4 blocks) for USA.
Also with double digits finished Simone Lee (3 aces) and
Christian Jones, who recorded 18 and 10 points respectively. For
Puerto Rico, Genesis Miranda was the top scorer with 18 tallies,
followed by Paola Rojas with 9.
“We had our ups and downs. We made a lot of mistakes and you
cannot win against a team like that, with a good level. For some
moments we made two points, gave the service and more mistakes,
too many against a very consistent team like USA,” said Puerto
Rico’s coach Víctor Vázquez.
“I think it was a good match but we could not mantain our game
level. They increased it and our mistakes costed us to lose the
match but we still have one more chance”, said captain Wilmarie
Rivera about Puerto Rico.
Despite the result, for USA captain Taylor Tashima it was a
difficult match. “We are in the finals. It didn’t come easy,
Puerto Rico played really hard in the third set. We were able to
come back and I am really happy about it,” she indicated.
American coach reed Sunahara stated: “It is a relief to get in
to the world championship and to get in to the finals. We played
pretty well but we had some let downs in the third set. We have
to get better at that for tomorrow and we’ll see what happens.”
With this result USA is practically in the FIVB U18 World
Championship, that will be played next year in Thailand.