On the Same Side of the Court
SANTA FE, Argentina, August 22, 2017 - In front of a full crowd
that visited the National Technological University Stadium in
the morning session, Mexico and the United States played a very
But minutes before the warming up time and the national anthems
ceremony both teams posed for a picture beside the net and on
the same side of the court as a gesture of friendship and
camaraderie between both teams and both countries.
This match also had a special touch when Syrian referee Maissaa
Hachem was designated to make the calls supported by Peruvian
Local authorities in Argentina declared the FIVB Girls’ U18
World Championship as a Cultural and Sports Interest Event in
the Province of Santa Fe.
After this, many schools and clubs of Santa Fe city arrived into
the stadium to show their support for both teams. More than 4000
persons were part of the attendance.
As members of the North, Central American and Caribbean
Confederation (NORCECA) Mexico and USA have several things in
common. Their teams play several tournaments in every age
Also, there has been solid ties between the regional development
programs, especially in the border communities, where some
Mexican teams have taken the chance of participating in
tournaments organized by USA Volleyball as special invitees.
This exposure has given great benefits for the development of
many youngsters in regions like Baja California, Jalisco or
Nuevo Leon, which are in National Top Ten, as mere examples.
In 2011, Samantha Bricio captured the attention of many American
college scouts in a tour made by the Mexican National team
across Arizona just months before the beginning of the U18 World
Championship that was played in Turkey.
Some years later, Bricio granted a scholarship and began to play
at the collegiate level with the University Southern California
Trojans and made history by setting many records in the Pac-10
Conference and the NCAA.
She became the second Mexican player that achieved many honors,
like Pan American beach volleyball silver medal winner and
former Olympic player Bibiana Candelas did playing on the hard
court in the same campus.
Some players like Natalie Nava, who was part of the Baja
California regional programs and has been called up to the
National Under Age Team has had the experience of playing in
both countries despite her young age.
She awarded the opportunity of been recruited by a Club in
Hawaii where she also studies, so she has begun to get the best
of both worlds.
In the last years, several Mexican players who have participated
in Age Group world championships have been recruited by American
Universities to play in the NCAA.
At the same time, some coaches who reside in the southern border
of the States have visited the Regional Development Centre
located on the Mexican side in the city of Tijuana, where to
take the course and seminars certified by the FIVB and also some
American clubs have held training camps in Mexico as part of a
Actions, sweat, and emotions were left on the UTN´s court as a
great symbol of fraternity and sportswomanship that shared the
love for volleyball.