Qualifying to Junior Pan American Games is the goal

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico, August 10, 2021. - Coaches of the seven teams competing at the U23 Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup have their minds set on qualifying to the Junior Pan American Games to be held in Cal, Colombia from November 25 to December 5.

The tournament that offers four tickets to Cali starts on Wednesday at the Olympic Gymnasium in Aguascalientes and concludes on Sunday.

Carlos Quesada (Costa Rica): “Despite many restrictions we have worked a lot, since March and we are here to give a great performance, with our eyes on qualifying to Cali. Each player knows their role in the team and the group is really tight, with our goal set, not thinking as an individual player but as Costa Rica”.

Cristian Cruz (Assistant Coach Dominican Republic): “Our preparation was good despite the pandemic, some of our players here competed at the U20 FIVB World Championship which prepared the well and we also had six practice games against Colombia’s senior team that was in Santo Domingo. Our first goal is to qualify to the Games in Cali and our main goal is to continue to dominate this age-group; we’re here to defend our title, we have won all the editions of the Pan American Cup and we have all the possibilities to win this one as well”.

David Aldana (Guatemala): “The preliminary round will be tough; we are all looking to qualify to Cali and we will put up a fight, we’re coming only with 10 players that will give their best. This competition will be a test for players who are being considered for our senior team. This age-group covers several ages, we might find players that haven’t been in actions and that’s why we don’t know much about our opponents”.

Luis León (Mexico): “From the beginning qualifying to Cali will be in dispute, our goal is to move further than semifinals. The team is well adapted despite having a short time together, the girls see the tournament as a challenge, and they want to make the best out of this opportunity”.

José Ricardo Guinand (Puerto Rico): “We are presenting an under 18 team that will be part of the final U18 roster that will be competing in September at the FIVB World Championship, these are players between the ages of 15 and 16 year old. It’s a young group with a lot of energy and we want to see on court if what we’ve been doing in practice is effective and we want them to gain international experience because this is their first time competing internationally”.

Eric Aikman (Suriname): “We have prepared for some time, under the circumstances it was a good preparation. I expect that the girls will play at a good level, knowing that the level here is higher of what we are used to because we only play in the Caribbean zone and this is the next step for us. We are going to do our best to live up to the level of the tournament”.

Darlene Ramdin (Assistant Coach Trinidad and Tobago): “The team just started training; they’ve been together for two weeks now because of the pandemic restrictions in Trinidad, so I want them to perform the best that they can. In the preliminary round I expect the team to win against Suriname, they are our Caribbean opponent and we know each other well at junior and senior levels”.