Mexican youngsters win the SCVA Championship in the USA


TIJUANA, Mexico, January 23 2013 — The Baja California Boys’ Youth team won the Southern California Volleyball Association Open 14 Championship.


The Baja 14 team won against the HBC Club, from Huntington Beach, California in a two sets final (25-18, 25-19). Previously both teams had faced each other in the qualifying rounds. The victory was also for the Mexicans in two (25-13, 25-12).


This achievement was considered as historical for the State Sports Talent program, and also for Mexican Volleyball, stated the young coach Jorge Romero, who was in charge of the unit in preparation for the National Junior Olympic.


“The Southern California Volleyball Association (SCVA) is one of the most prestigious organizations at this level in the United States. We competed as the only foreign team in a three days tournament that was very hard and very demanding, with high caliber and quality teams,” said Romero, 26, who was assited by Mexican Men’s U19 National Team coach, Oscar Licea.


The team finished undefeated by winning 10 matches in a row, and only lost two of 22 sets disputed against clubs from the cities of Long Beach, San Diego, Valencia, Redondo Beach, Thousand Oaks and Long Beach.


“We faced teams that were in the top 17 of the seed in a tournament with more than 60 clubs that are considered as part of the best league at this level y the USA,” the coach and National Teams statitian.


The Baja California team roster was composed of very young but talented kids, such as Jesús Flores, Alberto Morales, Gustavo Flores, Miguel Ángel Sarabia, Armando Valenzuela, Roberto Saldaña, Alonso Romero, Mario Contreras, Marco Téllez, Alejandro Martínez, Osvaldo Pérez and Víctor Salazar.


Many of them were the product of a massive scouting and detection plan that is impulsed by the Baja California Sports and Physical Culture Institute as an strategy to support the development of volleyball in the region among with other disciplines.