USA Claim gold, Dominican Republic finish with silver
TIJUANA, Mexico, August 11 2012— The United States claimed the
Gold Medal at the Women’s U18 Continental Championship after
beating the Dominican Republic at the final match 3-1 (21-25,
25-17, 25-23 y 25-15).
Simone Lee totalized 18 points for the American team while Carli
Snyder, who became the MVP registered 17. Christian Jones was
the champion team best scorer with 10 points.
On the Dominican side Brayelin Martínez, who claimed honors as
best scorer finished with 24 points, while Gaila Ceneida
González concluded with 12 and Natalia Martínez, team’s captain
ended with 11.
Both teams qualified to the FIVB Womens U18 World Championship
that will be played next year in Thailand.
“Dominican Republic played very well is a very good team, well
coached and fought really hard,” said Team USA coach Reed
Sunahara. “I’m very proud of my team. We never gave up. We lost
the first set but we fought. Our defense played better that was
Sunahara won his second tournament in one month after winning
the XI Women’s Pan American Cup in Juarez, Mexico, with the
American B Team. Now he won the gold medal at the Continental
Championship with the U18 Unit that also clinched a berth in the
FIVB World Championship that will be played in Thailand.
Dominican Republic coach, Ariel Sainz, said that despite the
loss will work hard with his team in preparation to the World
Chapionship. “We’ll keep on working to improve all the
difficulties we experienced here. The third set was very
important. We were so close. USA did a great job and didn’t make
mistakes,” he remarked.