NORCECA Girls Youth Continental Championship (U 18)
USA Girls Sweeps Dominican Republic for NORCECA’s
Florida, July 30, 2006.- The USA Girls’ Youth National Team swept
Dominican Republic 25-13, 25-22, 25-13 in the championship match of
the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Volleyball Championship held at
the University of Florida’s O’Connell Center in Gainesville. USA and
Dominican Republic have earned entries into the 2007 FIVB Girls’
Youth World Championship (U-18) held at Mexicali and Tijuana,
Mexico. NORCECA will have a third team in the tournament as Mexico
has a berth as the host country. Tarah Murrey finished the contest
with 17 points and Kelsey Brand added 10 points in the sweep.
Jeoselyna Rodriguez led Dominican Republic with 11 points. “I am so
proud of this group of young players for winning this event,” Team
USA Head Coach Shelton Collier said. “They were coachable,
responsible and made so much progress in such a short time.”
Meanwhile, Puerto Rico swept Canada 25-23, 25-20, 27-25 for third
place with Joely Narvaez producing a match-high 20 points. Shirley
Ferrer and Stephanie Enright tallied nine points apiece in the
victory. Becky Pavan paced Canada with 12, Tabitha Love contributed
nine points off the bench and Kelly Frittenburg and Shanice Marcelle
had 8 apiece.
Tarah Murrey was MVP at U-18 Tournament
Florida, July 30, 2006.- Team USA’s Tarah Murrey was selected as
the Most Valuable Player of the NORCECA Continental Youth Girls
Championship held at the O’Connell Center in the campus of
Florida University in Gainesville. Murrey scored a
tournament-high 92 points over the six-day event. Murrey also
captured the best scorer and best spiker awards for the
tournament. The U.S. captured six of the nine tournament awards
with Sydney Yogi earning the best libero honor, Alexandra Hunt
winning the best server honor and Kanani Herring picking up the
best receiver award. Other awards went to Canada’s Becky Pavan
for best blocker, Puerto Rico’s Maria Escoto for best defense
and Jenifer Nogueras for best setter. The Final Ranking of the
tournament was as follows: 1.
USA, 2. Dominican Republic, 3. Puerto Rico, 4. Canada, 5.
Mexico, 6. Honduras.
Dominican Republic and USA qualified to the U-18 World Championships
Florida, July 28, 2006.- Dominican Republic and USA qualified for
the 2007 FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship (U-18) while securing
spots in the gold medal match of the NORCECA Continental
Tournament. The Dominicans were pushed to five sets by Mexico, but
eventually prevailed 22-25, 25-19, 25-21, 30-32, 15-11, while the
Americans defeated Canada 25-18, 25-18, 21-25, 25-18.
USA and Dominican Republic are undefeated in four
outings and conclude the preliminary round-robin portion of the
competition facing each other on Saturday and again on Sunday in the
match for the crown.
Mexico, 1-3 in the tournament, is the second team to
send the undefeated Dominican Republic team to a fifth set in the
tournament. Puerto Rico won the first two sets of its
tournament-opening match last Tuesday, only to see the Dominicans
rally to win in five sets.
Jeoselina Rodriguez led Dominican Republic
with 24 points, Kahoriz Feliz turned in 13, Mayern Nunez added 12,
and setter Elaine Santos contributed 9 points. Mexico was paced by
Valery Garza’s 21 points, Karla Alonso connected for 13, while
Xitlali Corrujedo and Lorena Sanchez tacked 12 and 11 points
USA and Dominican Republic share the lead at NORCECA U-18
Florida, July 27, 2006.- USA and Dominican Republic share the top of
the standings with unbeaten records after three days of play in the
U-18 NORCECA Girls Youth Continental Championship held at the
O’Connell Center on the campus of the University of Florida in
On Thursday action, USA defeated Puerto Rico in straight sets,
Dominican Republic beat Canada in four sets and Mexico blanked
Honduras. The Americans and Dominicans are seated on the top of the
rankings with 3-0 win-loss records while Canada fell to 2-1 mark.
Mexico is 1-2 and Honduras and Puerto Rico are in the cellar with
The Americans won by score of 25-13, 25-14, 25-12 and the Dominicans
had to battle against Canada prevailing by score of 25-23, 18-25,
26-24, 25-21. In the first match of the day Mexico crushed Honduras
25-6, 25-14, 25-12.
Tarah Murrey sparked the U.S. with 17 points, Alexandra Hunt added
10 points, Kanani Herring turned in 9 points and Rachael Adams added
7. Kendall Bateman handed out 29 assists with three aces as Team USA
hit 49 percent as a team.
Canada, USA and Dominican Republic share first place at NORCECA U-18
Florida, July 26, 2006.- Canada, USA and Dominican Republic share
the lead of the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Volleyball
Championships with 2-0 mark after two days of play at the O’Connell
Center on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Canada defeated Puerto Rico in four sets while Dominican Republic
and USA defeated Honduras and Mexico by score of 3-0. The Canadians
overcame a first-set loss to defeat Puerto Rico 21-25, 25-18, 25-23,
25-17 with Becky Pavan pacing the Canadian attack with 16 points
that included 10 kills, four blocks and two aces.Maura Hayes and
Kelly Frittenburg added 12 points apiece for Canada and Jaclyn Ellis
turned in nine points. Puerto Rico was led by Joely Narvaez’s 14
points, Sol Gonzalez contributed 11 points and Shirley Ferrer
amassed eight points. Kanani Herring led Team USA with a match-high
17 points sparking the victory over Mexico by score of 25-14, 25-14,
25-18. Tarah Murrey chipped in 10 points, Alexandra Hunt pocketed
nine points and Kelsey Brandl added 8 points. “We were confident
that if we played well, we would beat Mexico,” Team USA Head Coach
Shelton Collier said.
Dominicans triumph in five sets, Canada and USA also win at U-18 in
Florida, July 25, 2006.- Dominican Republic overcame a two-set
deficit and nearly lost a 9-2 lead in set five to win 15-25, 20-25,
25-20, 25-18, 15-11 over Puerto Rico Tuesday evening during the
first day of the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Volleyball
Championship at the O’Connell Center on the campus of University of
Florida in Gainesville.In
the first match of Tuesday, Canada defeated Mexico 3-1 while host
USA beat Honduras 3-0 in the nightcap.
Dominican Republic jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the deciding fifth
set, only to see Puerto Rico rally to tie the set at 11-all behind
the serving of Joely Narvaez. Dominican Republic recovered after
calling timeout by scoring four consecutive points to close out the