United States NORCECA U18 champion by beating Canada
Tegucigalpa, Honduras. September 1, 2018. The United States was
crowned champion of the NORCECA U18 Women's Continental
Championship by winning 3-0 (25-13, 25-2, 25-23) to Canada,
reaching eight titles in the history of this category and both
qualified for the U18 World Cup in Egypt.
Before a gym to burst, supporting the finalist teams, both
squads delighted the fans with impressive attacks and defensive
The United States was unstoppable in the attack with 39 points,
by 21 of its rivals, in addition its blocking was superior 14-3
and they surpassed 8-6 in the service, committing 18 unforced
errors, by 14 of Canada.
Jessica Mruzik with 19 points was the top scorer of the champion
team, and her teammates Devyn Robinson and Emily Londot
contributed 13 points. Karatina Pantovic was the best for Canada
with nine points.
Allison Jacobs, captain of the United States: "I am happy, but
also all the team and the coaches of our teams share this
feeling, for all we have achieved here. I can not describe, I do
not have words, we're just happy to be able to qualify for the
World Championship. "
James Stone, coach of the United States: "I'm very happy with
how the girls played, Canada is a great team, it's very good,
that's why we were not surprised in the third set to be
pressured and take advantage. They pushed and fought to win, but
in the end we managed to impose as a team. "
"We trained to play at the highest level, although we had
accessible opponents, we always practiced to be at the highest
Dale Melnick, coach of Canada: "The United States is a
tremendous team, its coach is very good, but I am very proud of
the work that our young athletes did, we are going to get
something very good from this team".
"We are very happy, throughout the tournament we could see the
support of the Honduran public, also young athletes from here in
Honduras have a good relationship with our players."