USA with second win at U19 Pan Am Cup

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, May 24, 2022.- United States won their second match of the preliminary round at the Boys’ U19 Pan American Cup, beating Costa Rica 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-15) in Guatemala City.

United States has 2-0 record and with one more win will sweep pool B to move directly into semifinals and book one of the four tickets to the FIVB World Championship.

The U.S. prevailed in every skill, 40-16 in kills, 10-4 in blocks and 6-2 in serves, while committing 19 unforced errors. Costa Rica ended with 30 errors.

Two players of USA scored double figures, outside hitter Victor Loiola with a match-high of 15 points, from 13 kills and one point from both blocks and aces, and outside hitter Quinn Bishop contributed with 14 points on 9 kills, one block and 2 aces.

Middle blocker and captain of Costa Rica David Córdoba scored 9 points and outside hitter Stanley Grant added 8 points.

On the last day of pool-play, Costa Rica plays Chile and United States faces Mexico.

Victor Loiola, Top scorer United States: “We came out a little flat, but picked up as a team to get better and better; we kept firing and everything came together. Everybody was happy on and off the court; I believe that’s our best skill”.

Charles Sullivan, Head Coach United States: “It was good to see more guys on our roster. Costa Rica made it extremely difficult, they started off without giving us any errors, forcing us to execute. We’re trying to find our rhythm, our team identity. Everyone has now the role that needs to be done to play successfully and bring into our next match”.

Alberto Blanco, Head Coach Costa Rica: “The team is building up, I am impressed with their talent and the way we faced United States, it makes you dream big. They did an excellent job”.