wins gold and tickets to Singapore and Turkey
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, May 2, 2010 – USA
defeated Mexico in four sets (25-19, 25-21,
15-25, 25-17) winning their fifth consecutive
title at NORCECA Girls’ Youth Volleyball
Championship. In the process they also won the
ticket to represent the Continental
Confederation at the inaugural Youth Olympic
Games in Singapore next August.
By reaching the gold medal match both teams had
clinched spots in next year’s FIVB Championship
for girls under 18-years old in Turkey.
Puerto Rico, who earlier defeated Dominican
Republic in the match for the bronze medal, also
qualified to the FIVB competition.
Brittany Howard and Mallory McCage led USA with
19 and 18 points respectively and Mexican
Samantha Bricio led all the scorers with a
match-high 29 points.
“I am very pleased with the way our team
played,” said USA Coach Jim Stone. “I feel very
good about our team performance. Mexico is a
good team, the best defensive team we have ever
On getting the chance to play in the Youth
Olympics, Stone said “it will help tremendously
this inexperience group of players to play in a
competition like that.”
Mexican Coach Jose Bernal commented: “We made a
big effort but in the fourth set we let them to
build a wide margin and then we couldn’t catch.
In general, we played a good game and I am
pleased with our silver medal.”