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
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
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
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”.