United States moves into U20 Pan Am Cup Semifinals
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, May 11, 2017.-
United States moved into the U20 Women’s Pan American semifinals
after defeating Uruguay 3-0 (25-10, 25-19, 25-17) on Thursday
night at Gimnasio Nacional of San Jose, Costa Rica.
United States is bidding for the only berth reserved for the top
ranked finisher of Norceca, to qualify to the FIVB age-group
World Championship. Semifinals are expected to be challenging as
United States will face Cuba.
United States held advantage in kills by 39-23; they outblocked
Uruguay with 9-2 margin and scored 5 aces while Uruguay had 2.
The winners finished with 19 unforced errors and benefited from
22 of Uruguay.
All players on both squads had a chance to perform, with middle
Brionne Butler leading United States with eight points, the same
as Elizabeth Hall. Uruguay’s Camila Bausero scored a match-high
of 9 points.
Uruguay will play for fifth place against Peru.
Jerritt Elliott, United States’ Head Coach:
“The team is getting into a better rhythm, I have a great group
of players and I had little time to choose the best line-up
possible and today I put everyone to play. This has made my
decisions harder and I tried to put the best team forward to try
to qualify. Against Cuba we’ll jump as high and hard as we can;
obviously it will be challenging, we have much respect for them
and we’re looking forward to the opportunity”.
Khalia Lanier, United States’ captain:
“We did a good job, everyone got the chance to prove themselves
and show how good a team we could be. As a team we are very
deep, even the girls on the bench are always ready to do their
job. We will have to scout our opponent really well and focus on
Florencia Suarez, Uruguay’s captain:
“We were expecting a difficult match, United States ia a world
power in volleyball and it was a challenge for us. On occasions
we played like equals using our “charrua” heart on the court”.
Gerardo Peralta, Uruguay’s Head Coach:
“I am really proud of my players, they did a good job and today
we showed our real game. This is the first time ever facing
United States and I want to congratulate my players for their