Teams aim for the World Championship at U18 Pan Am Cup
DURANGO, Mexico, May 20 2019. - On the eve of the fifth U18
Girls’ Pan American Cup, the eight coaches of the national teams
gave their first impressions of the event that grants two
tickets to the FIVB age-group World Championship.
Eduardo Guillaume, Chile:
“We are bringing a combination of U15 and U18 players; we are in
the process of building a new group of players in Chile. In
November the U15 group will compete at the South American
championship and we want to gain experience, while the U18 has
been working hard for over a year, with our minds set on the
2023 Pan-American Games. We will play the best way possible and
try to win all our matches; there are other teams here who can
win the ticket to worlds”.
Jaime Echeverría, Cuba:
“Our mission is to qualify to the World Championship, we will
battle strong. I expect a nice competition, most of the teams
here have been preparing specially for this event, and many had
the same strategy of not using the same players for the U20 Pan
American Cup. In our analysis and after studying our opponents,
this will be a highly competitive tournament”.
Alexandre Ceccato, Dominican Republic:
“Our goal is to qualify to the world championship. Cuba is one
of the strongest team here and I think our toughest matches will
be against Mexico (as hosts they are difficult) and Puerto Rico.
We have prepared hard and part of the team comes from competing
at the U20 Pan American Cup in Peru”.
William Fernández, Guatemala:
“Our objective is to win experience; our team’s height is low,
se we expect all the matches to be difficult. This team has only
three different players from the team that recently competed at
the U20 Pan American Cup in Peru. We have been working in the
team’s moral because our results haven’t been as expected. We
Catarine Leiva, Honduras:
“For us this is a step forward in winning experience and
preparing our team for Central American championships, this is a
great preparation tournament. My team is new, this is a
challenge for them, I decided to take the risk for them to gain
experience. In this specific category we are Afecavol champions
and our goal is to keep being number one”.
Ricardo Ponce, México:
“Hosting is of great pressure but it’s also favorable for the
players energy, the fans play an important role for the team, it
is positive. We have little time practicing but the
concentration good, they want to play and represent Mexico well
and with high expectations in their individual growth. This team
is competitive and will put up a fight in every match”.
Natalia Malaga, Peru:
“I believe this will be a tough competition, my girls are
unpredictable, which is natural at this age, they lack maturity
and experience; I know they can do well but it all comes to
their concentration in every match. My team comes from competing
at the U20 Pan American Cup, they had a good experience and the
competition was very strong compared to our previous
preparation, we had the chance to compete at a higher level”.
Juan Carlos Rodríguez, Puerto Rico:
“Last week were in Peru, we used it as preparation for this
event in which we’re looking to qualify, we have young players
under 16 years old and they bring a lot of experience. As in the
edition 2014 of this event, we hope to win the ticket to the