USA wins second consecutive gold at U19 Pan American Cup
JUANA DIAZ, Puerto Rico, May 14, 2023.-
United States claimed their second consecutive gold medal defeating
Mexico 3-0 (25-8, 25-18, 25-18) at the Girls U19 NORCECA Pan American
Cup at Dolores Martinez Coliseum in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico.
United States finished first place undefeated (5-0) and Mexico in second
place (4-2). Last year the U.S. won the gold medal at home defeating
The American team dominated 40-18 in attacks and 10-1 in serves, they
also held a comfortable 8-2 margin in blocks, but handed out more points
from unforced errors 23-17.
Middle blocker Elizabeth Andrew scored 13 points for the United States,
on 5 attacks, 3 blocks and a match-high of 5 aces. Outside hitter Blaire
Bayless also contributed in the win with 10 points on 7 kills, 2 blocks
and 2 aces.
Mexico was led by Aime Topete with 7 points.
Julia Blyashov, captain of United States:
“We brought it today; Mexico is a wonderful team, but we gave it our
all. Each game we kept getting better and feeling more together. For me
it’s my second gold medal in a row and it’s an honor to repeat this. We
are excited to bring home the gold medal”.
Keegan Cook, coach of United States:
“I am so impressed by what Mexico did during bracket play, so we
expected a battle. We just wanted to play close to our best, which we
did in the first set, starting off strong. I am thankful to see these
wonderful athletes perform at this level”.
Luis Bañuelos, coach of Mexico:
“USA’s margin of error is minimum, they attack over our blocking, and
they are a more physical team than ours. This kind of competition allows
us to prepare for other international events like the world championship
which is close to happen”.