ahead for U20 Pan Am coaches
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, May 7,
2017.- All nine coaches of the
teams competing at the Women’s U20 Pan American Cup expect tough
days ahead as only two teams – the top ranked Norceca and top
South American team – will be granted a berth to the FIVB
age-group World Championship in Boca del Rio and Cordoba,
The first days of competition will be no easy
task to survive and move into quarterfinals to continue the
quest to be in the FIVB World Championship, as coaches remarked
on the eve of the competition.
Argentina, Guillermo Caceres
This is an important competition; it always has
been, with experienced teams. We will do the impossible to
qualify to the world championship. According to the tournament,
we are well prepared; we came to the city of Cartago to adapt to
the weather and schedule; we played with Costa Rica’s senior
team and other local teams.
Chile, Eduardo Guillaume
We played a friendly series against Dominican
Republic which allowed us to improve a lot. If teams could have
the chance of competing more, they would evolve at a higher
level; playing marks a difference. This team is different from
the youth team; it’s harder to gather the players for practice
because they study in college. The team is ready to battle.
Costa Rica, Mario Romero
It’s an honor to host a competition of this level
and we welcome all the teams. It doesn’t matter the tournament,
we always play with responsibility and we always give our best.
We know it’s a competitive event, with the best teams of the
continent and Costa Rica will be looking to advance into the
Cuba, Wilfredo Robinson
Our ambition is to win the ticket to the world
championship, as all the teams here. This is the same team that
played the Norceca championship in United States, we haven’t had
much practice since then, we haven’t played any other
tournament, but our desire to be in the world championship is
strong. Our players are young and the event contributes to their
growth as players.
Dominican Republic, Wagner Pacheco
This is a new generation of players from the one
who won the world championship. We are already qualified to
worlds, but our responsibility here remains the same, our goal
is to win. This tournament is a good chance to measure our game
level because one of my players is coming out of an injury, one
is injured and we lost our opposite player. The preliminary
round will be very hard, we are in the same pool that United
States and Argentina, both are looking to qualify to worlds and
for me they are among the favorites to win the Pan Am Cup.
Peru, Marco Queiroga
We are expecting a highly competitive tournament,
there are very good teams here and we are glad to be in this
important event. This is the best team of its generation in the
last years in Peru; physically and technically well built.
They’ve earned a lot of experience in our national league and
that’s why we are confident in winning the ticket to the world
championship, as well as reaching the final stage here.
Puerto Rico, Julio Melendez
Our goal is qualifying to the world championship
for which we are well prepared; the girls are focused on this
objective and have their minds set on doing so. Hopefully there
will be no injuries and that way reach our goal.
United States, Jerritt Elliott
It´s a big tournament for us. We have to get
organized and see if we can get out of pool play; we got a very
tough pool with Argentina and Dominican Republic. We welcome the
opportunity and put our best foot forward.
Uruguay, Gerardo Peralta
Our preparation was short, three months of hard
work and we are aware of the importance of this event. This is
the first time we qualify to a U20 Pan Am Cup, with the option
to qualify to a world championship. We are super motivated, with
lots of energy and we have made many efforts to be here; we will
face our opponents one on one.