The U.S. women’s national team had to settle for silver in the final tournament of the 2019 international season as the Domincian Republic beat USA in the gold-medal match of the NORCECA Continental Championship (25-19, 25-23, 15-25, 20-25, 15-9).
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There was plenty of deja vu to go around inside the Kroc Center in Phoenix, Arizona, Saturday. It was the final of the 2019 Nike Tournament of Champions, and Marymount of Los Angeles and Mater Dei of Santa Ana matched up across the net from each other just like they did a year ago in the championship match of the 2018 Nike TOC.
The U.S. Men’s National Team went 4-1 in the first phase of the 2019 FIVB Men’s World Cup in Fukuoka, Japan. Having beaten Italy, Poland, Japan, and Tunisia and lost to Argentina, the USA sits No.2 in the standings, trailing only undefeated Brazil.
The exact same group of 14 athletes who just a week ago finished the 2019 FIVB Women’s World Cup with a silver medal will represent the USA at the NORCECA Continental Championships, Oct. 8-13 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.