GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, May 22, 2022. - Four
berths are up for grabs to qualify for the 2023
FIVB U19 World Championship at the U19 Boys’ Pan
American Cup that starts on Monday in Guatemala.
Teams were informed during the preliminary
inquiry, that the four vacancies available at
the qualifying tournament for the FIVB U19 World
Championship automatically will be granted only
for the NORCECA teams competing, as only one
team representing the South American Volleyball
Confederation is taking part in the event.
Ivan Villareal, Head Coach Chile:
“This is a new group, product of the world
phenomenon the pandemic. We´ve designed the
group last year, being able to train without
complications, under Chile’s strong health
protocols. We have great expectations of
finishing in a privileged position in an
important competition like this one”.
Alberto Blanco, Head Coach Costa Rica:
“Our team is very talented, preparing for the
Central American Championship which is our main
goal, but this is a great opportunity to qualify
to the World Championship and we will try giving
our best on the court, even against powerhouses
like USA and Mexico”.
Luis Fernando Castañeda, Head Coach Guatemala:
“It’s always good to be the host, mostly now
that fans are allowed in the venue. This is a
new team, only one player has international
experience with our senior team and we hope to
do well, have good matches. We’ve been
concentrating for some time, preparing for the
Central American championship in Honduras”.
Victor Rodas, Head Coach Honduras:
“We had eleven weeks of preparation, with
players from the entire country, our technical,
tactical and physical preparation has been good.
Our plan is that this group will complement our
U21 team and in three years tops be our senior
Oscar Viña, Head Coach Mexico:
“Our interest is to qualify for Worlds; it
doesn’t matter in which position. The team was
formed two weeks ago, we had already observed
the boys but we didn’t have the opportunity to
get together earlier due to the pandemic. The
team comes with a good attitude and they
connected well in such a short time”.
Amaury Martinez, Head Coach Dominican Republic:
“The team has been training for three months
with a small group of players, but we were able
to select twelve for this competition. For many
of them it’s their first international
competition, I believe it’s a good team and we
will try to do a good job”.
Francisco Negron, Head Coach Puerto Rico:
“My team is really excited for the opportunity
of competing in this tournament; it’s a big
moment for them to measure themselves against
high-leveled teams. They guys have trained
strong and it’s our understanding that we’ll put
up a good performance. Our goal is to take one
of the medals”.
Charles Sullivan, Head Coach United States:
“We just came from a training camp in
California; the team is very excited because
with Covid and everything there haven’t been
many chances of being normal and have fun
playing volleyball, we really appreciate this