Coaches are optimistic for NORCECA Boy’s U-19
TIJUANA, Mexico, July 1 2012 - The Boy’s U-19 NORCECA
Continental Championship will start on Monday with seven of the
eight competing teams battling for a ticket to the 2013 FIVB
World Championship of this age group.
All Coaches declared to be ready and shared their comments ahead
of the beginning of the tournament at noon (local time) at the
Baja California High Performance Center on Sunday.
Costa Rica’s Coach Alberto Travieso:
I received this team just two weeks ago and I have tried to make
some adjustments tactically with the boys for this competition.
We hope for a satisfactory result.
Cuba’s Coach, Rodolfo Sánchez:
We have great expectations. We come here to revalidate the gold
medal we won in 2010. Our team is doing well and we hope to have
a good competition.
French Saint Martin’s Coach Stephen Thierry:
We came here as newcomers. This is our first tournament in such
high level. I have a lot of confidence in my team. They are very
confident. Our players have enjoyed a lot their stay and we hope
to have a great experience.
Mexico’s Coach, Oscar Licea:
We are already in process to the world championship. This
tournament is like a test to see how we are and to check out the
parameters of the other teams in this zone that is very
Nicaragua’s Coach, Osman Hernández:
We expect to achieve as much experience as we can in this
tournament. It is our first time competing at this level in this
category. We come from a long trip, but fortunately the boys had
a rest time after our first practice.
Puerto Rico’s Coach Carlos Rodríguez:
We have been training hard for the last four months. This team
has very young boys. Our goal is to qualify to the World
Championship here next year. It is going to be a tough
tournament with a tough pool with USA, Mexico, Virgin Islands
and us. We will fight to finish among the top two places.
USA’s Coach, Daniel Friend:
I am excited and all the guys are excited to represent our
country, and for being at this great venue. I was in Mexicali
last year (at the U-19 Pan Am Cup), a fantastic place. We expect
to compete at a high level with some great teams here and we
want to represent well and compete hard with those teams.
US Virgin Islands’ Coach Mark Daniel:
This is a new experience for us as team, and we are optimistic.
We have been training for long time and despite a few challenges
we are facing, we will be able compete.