The Belize Female Volleyball U18 Team finished with silver in the thirteenth Central American championships. The games were played in Costa Rica from November 17 - 24 - and at the end of it, once again, the home team emerged victorious. Belize finished second, and our girls captured 7 of the 12 individual awards.
7News was at the airport when the girls came home, proud but not satisfied with silver:
There was a motorcade for the team this afternoon through the main streets of Belize City. Once again, the winner of the individual awards are: Gareth Bruce - Best Scorer and Best Attacker, Sofia Solano - Best Libero and Best Defensive Player, Iman Safa - Best Setter, Olivia McKenzie - Best Blocker, and Jayda Smith - Best Receiver.
U-18 National Female Volleyball Team Wins Silver in Regional Championship
The national female volleyball team wins silver at the 2019 under-eighteen female volleyball championships held over the weekend. Team Belize lost only to Costa Rica, which landed them in second place, but the team returned with the most individual medals after competing in San Carlos, Costa Rica. Gareth Bruce won Best Scorer and Best Attacker award, while Sofia Solano was distinguished as the Best Libero and Best Defensive Player. Iman Safa was Best Setter for the regional competition, while Olivia McKenzie was the Best Blocker and Jayda Smith, the Best Receiver. It’s another big win for the Volleyball Association as Belize continues to excel in the sport at the regional level. A motorcade was organized by the National Sports Council this afternoon to honour the team. News Five spoke with the assistant coach Lawrence Bennett and best scorer Gareth Bruce about the experience.
Gareth Bruce, Best Scorer & Best Attacker, 2019 U-18 Female Volleyball Championships
“The experience it was nothing that wasn’t here in Belize. We just went out. We lost focus against the game in Costa Rica which we could have won, but I guess everything happens for a reason. El Salvador, it was hard because we were so friendly with them and they were so nice and that made a change in how we perform, but turns out we still won in three sets and that’s over.”
“What is the general consensus among your teammates in terms of coming back home with silver?”
“We are very proud and we feel accomplished.”
“Do you think that because you females are very much acquainted with each other and have played together so well for an extended period of time that that lend to your performance being well over there in Costa Rica?”
“Yes it did because we have been growing up together since a young age and that help build the team chemistry.”
Lawrence Bennett, Assistant Coach, Female Volleyball Team
“We didn’t expect to place that high. The girls’ workout here was a little down; but getting there, everybody’s spirits were up. First couple games, we did well; beat the two teams. Against Costa Rica, we were a little down. I guess Costa Rica is a team that is used to pressure; we are not used to pressure like that. We are getting there, but we haven’t reached there yet. The last game against Salvador, we know we would have won. The two teams are very friendly, but on the court, we showed that we wanted silver and we didn’t need the help from the other teams to help us.”
Team Belize Wins a Silver Medal at the XIII U-18 Central American Female Volleyball Championship
The Belize Volleyball Association is pleased to announce that Team Belize came home yesterday with silver medals aftering ranking second in the XIII U-18 Central American Female Volleyball Championship held in Ciudad Quesada, San Carlos, Costa Rica from November 19 - 23.
Belize also claimed 7 of the 12 Individual Awards: Gareth Bruce - Best Scorer and Best Attacker; Sofia Solano - Best Libero and Best Defensive Player; Iman Safa - Best Setter; Olivia McKenzie - Best Blocker 2; Jayda Smith - Best Receiver. The undefeated Costa Rica team placed first, Belize second and Honduras third. Belize opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over the defending champions Honduras on Tuesday, followed by a second win over Nicaragua 3-0 on Wednesday. It was on Thursday that the Costa Rican champions defeated Belize 3-1, costing Belize the gold medal. Belize came back on Friday to win against Guatemala 3-0 and on Saturday they defeated El Salvador 3-0 as well.
Despite their one loss, the team did remarkably well. The 18-person delegation was comprised of the following people: 13 Players - #1 Salima Barrow, #2 Gareth Bruce (Captain) , #3 Kyra Phillips, #4 Olivia McKenzie, #5 Jayda Smith, #6 Iman Safa, #7 Daniella Bou-Nahra, #8 Sofia Solano, #9 Avianka Avila, #10 Arianne Flores, #11 Kashyima Webster, #12 Khaya Gordon, #13 Letisha Lamb; Head Coach: Profe Jose Fontes; Assistant Coach: Ms. Lupita Quan; Assistant Coach: Mr. Larry Bennett; Delegate: Mrs. Nicole Solano; Chaperone: Ms. Nellita Bradley. The round-robin competition featured Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Honduras was the previous champion after winning their second title (2005, 2017) undefeated while hosting the last edition of the event. They prevailed over Costa Rica, who had won the previous five editions in a row.
The AFECAVOL U18 podium had been shared by Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras during the last four editions of the tournament, and Belize joins that honor for the first time in history. The champion, Costa Rica, will represent AFECAVOL in the continental championship. The Belize Volleyball Association congratulates all players, coaches and the entire delegation, and is especially thankful to all its sponsors and supporters.
U18 VOLLEYBALL SILVER MEDAL MOTORCADE!!!
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Regional Volleyball Championships - 7 awards and the silver medal in the competition
How many likes for this super team who represented the jewel in the Regional Volleyball Championships? The team returned with 7 awards and the silver medal in the competition. We talked with them about the experience. On our couch: Profe Jose Fontes - Head Coach Allan Sharp - President, Belize Volleyball Association Iman Safa - Player/Recipient of Best Setter Award Arianne Flores - Player Kyra Phillips - Player