United States book first ticket to Girls’ U-18 FIVB WCH


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, June 28, 2014- Defending champions United States beat Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-17) to advance to the Gold Medal match of the Girls’ U-18 NORCECA Continental Championship.


With USA’s victory they booked the first of three tickets granted for the 2015 Girls’ U-18 FIVB World Championship and will have the chance to earn their seventh title in a row on Sunday’s gold medal match against the winner between Dominican Republic and Mexico.


USA’s blocking had an impact in Puerto Rico’s overall performances with a 13-3 advantage. In other categories they held a minimum advantage, 31-28 in spikes and 4-3 in service points.


USA’s captain opposite player Kathryn Plummer was the top scorer with 15 points, including 11 kills, 3 blocks and 1 ace. Teammate Morgyn Greer contributed with 12 points, 9 in kills and 3 in blocks. On Puerto Rico’s side, captain outside hitter Alejandra Negron totalized 9 points, joined by outside hitter Paola Salas and opposite Adeannette Ramos with 8 points apiece.


Kathryn Plummer indicated “we’ve been scouting Puerto Rico anticipating for this match, with a game plan and which my team executed extremely well. Puerto Rico challenged us with strong weapons, showing they evidently prepared also”.


“First of all I congratulated USA” started off Alejandra Negron. “Our blocking failed today and it made more difficult to perform the strategy we had traced; we need to improve” she added.


 Jim Stone II said to be very satisfied “our preparation has been very challenging, gathering players from different clubs and I can’t be more pleased with how they’ve understood the message to play for USA, showing good camaraderie between them, their efforts have paid off as well as ours. We can’t thing about what comes in one year from now; we need to focus in tomorrow’s match”.


Puerto Rico’s coach Javier Cruz said “USA limited us and our game plan fell. Our mistakes were numerous and we couldn’t get in to a good rhythm to sustain the score or the ball on our side long enough. Our objective is the same, the qualification to the world championship and we’ll keep concentrated on that for tomorrow’s last match”.