2018 NORCECA U-18 Continental Championship

USA Dominates D.R., Moves On To Gold Medal Match

USA Dominates D.R., Moves On To Gold Medal Match

The USA Girls' Youth National Team continued its dominant run at the NORCECA Girls' U18 Continental Championship hammering the D.R.

Sep 1, 2018 by Kolby Paxton
USA vs. D.R. - U-18 Continental Champs

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The USA Girls' Youth National Team continued its dominant run at the NORCECA Girls' U18 Continental Championship in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, hammering the Dominican Republic in straight sets, 25-12, 25-17, 25-17.

The teams had previously met in four of the previous six NORCECA U18 title matches. This victory for the USA avenged back-to-back losses to the Dominicans.

The Americans will face Canada in the gold medal match. They've reached the gold medal match in each of the 11 iterations of this tournament, with seven golds and three silvers.

“I think this is a good win for this year’s team,” U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team Head Coach Jim Stone said. “Dominican Republic is a good team. I think our players did a really good job and showed themselves to be veterans beyond their years. We had this game plan, and they did a good job of executing a blocking strategy and a serving strategy. They deserved to win.”

Outside hitter Jess Mruzik led all scorers with 14 points, including 12 kills on 25 attacks, one block and once ace.