Copa Panamericana U19 Masculina por iniciar en Guatemala

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 team”.

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 opportunity”.