USA claims U20 Women’s Pan Am Title
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, May 13, 2017. – United States defeated
Argentina 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 25-22) to claim the U20 Women’s Pan
American Title on Saturday night at San Jose, Costa Rica.
The championship match featured the winners of the two vacancies
to the FIVB World Championship in Mexico next June, with United
States winning gold in their first time at the U20 Pan Am Cup.
United States claimed the title with perfect 5-0 winning record.
This is Argentina’s second silver medal in the history of the
event; they finish with 3-2 record.
United States blocking was crucial to stop Argentineans fast
game, with 13-6 margin. The gold medalists also prevailed in
spikes with 41-38 margin and 3-2 in aces. Argentina scored on 23
errors of United States while committing 20 of their own.
Khalia Lanier of United States scored 16 points for a
match-high, joined by middle Regan Pittman with 12 points and
Mackenzie May added 11 points. The only Argentinean with double
figures was opposite Anahi Tosi with 11 points.
Khalia Lanier, United States’ captain:
“Winning in the final match is something we haven’t done a lot
of, we feel great. This win was a good team effort, it wasn’t
our best performance but we were mentally tough and we stayed in
the game, that’s what made the difference”.
Jerritt Elliott, United States’ Head Coach:
“Big congratulations to Argentina, they were disciplined, they
had a great game plan, with a great coaching staff; they played
very well. We made some mistakes early on but the way that this
team stayed steady with their routines says a lot of this group;
we could have erupted emotionally and give away some games and
we didn’t do that. We came-out successful, I’m proud of them”.
Azul Benitez, Argentina’s captain:
“We just lost the championship match and obviously we’re not
happy, nobody likes to lose. We leave satisfied to have
qualified to worlds and because we played a good tournament”.
Guillermo Caceres, Argentina’s Head Coach:
“This was a good championship match, with limited errors, it was
a good spectacle. This is a category that has to display good
volleyball. Argentina has to play more competitive matches like
this one to improve our senior team. I am proud of my team and I
congratulate USA, they deserved to win this tournament”.