TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, August 21, 2018 – Two-time defending champions Dominican Republic are one of the nine teams registered to participate at the U18 NORCECA Girls Continental Championship to be disputed in Tegucigalpa, Honduras from August 27 to September 1.

The competition offers two spots to the U18 Girls FIVB World Championship for the champions and vice champions.

Teams are scheduled to arrive in the Honduras capital on August 25 with the members of NORCECA Control Committee one day earlier to conduct inspection visits to competition and training venues and lodging facilities. All delegations will depart on September 2.

The nine teams have been divided into three pools for the preliminary phase. The top two pool leaders will advance directly to the semifinals while the lowest ranked pool winner will play in the quarterfinals with the three second placed teams.

Pool A consists of Honduras, Barbados and Costa Rica, Pool B is composed by Cuba, Nicaragua and Dominican Republic and Pool C by United States, Mexico and Canada.

In the history of the competition, United States have seven titles including six in a row from 2002 to 2012, a streak snapped by the Dominican Republic in 2014 when they won their first crown revalidated in 2016. Puerto Rico in 2000 is the only other country with a title in the continental event.

Preliminary Round Schedule 

August 27

15:00    Cuba v Nicaragua

17:00    Mexico v United States

19:00    Honduras v Barbados

 August 28

15:00    Barbados v Costa Rica

17:00    Nicaragua v Dominican Republic

19:00    Canada v Mexico

August 29

15:00    United States v Canada

17:00    Dominican Republic v Cuba

19:00    Honduras v Costa Rica

Past Podium Positions

 Year    Gold    Silver  Bronze

1998    🇺🇸      🇵🇷     🇨🇦

2000    🇵🇷     🇺🇸     🇩🇴

2002    🇺🇸      🇩🇴     🇵🇷

2004    🇺🇸      🇵🇷     🇲🇽

2006    🇺🇸      🇩🇴     🇵🇷

2008    🇺🇸      🇲🇽     🇩🇴

2010    🇺🇸      🇲🇽     🇵🇷

2012    🇺🇸      🇩🇴     🇲🇽

2014    🇩🇴    🇺🇸      🇲🇽

2016    🇩🇴    🇺🇸      🇲🇽