Coaches optimistic before the start of NORCECA Men’s Championship

WINNIPEG, Canada, September 1, 2019 - The coaches of the teams participating in the NORCECA Men's Continental Championship pronounced their teams ready for the competition and optimistic about their chances of a top-three finish here.

Sunday 01 de September del 2019 18:30 PM

The tournament grants three tickets to the NORCECA Final Four Olympic Qualification Tournament to be held next January. Cuba is already qualified as winner of the Champions Cup last week in Colorado Springs and United States earned an Olympic berth as winner of one of the six world Olympic qualifiers.

Puerto Rico, head coach, Oswald Antonetti: "We have a pretty important match against Mexico on the first day; that will define the rhythm of the tournament for us.  We brought our main group to this tournament and hopefully we will compete - we will take it day by day.  We want to qualify for the Olympic qualifier, that's our goal here."

Dominican Republic, head coach, Jose Alexander Gutierrez: "For us, it's very important to be here.  Our team is very young - the average age is 21 years old.  This is a chance for us to prepare for the next Olympic cycle.  We are here to grow, to get experience and if we got a shot at the qualifier that will also be very good, but that's not our main goal.  Tokyo 2020 is not realistic for us; we are looking ahead."

USA, head coach, John Hawks: "Our expectation is to be here and play our best volleyball, and hopefully come out winning.  We have a younger group of guys who are looking for a great opportunity to compete in the World Cup coming up, and also looking to make an impact going into the 2020 Olympic Games."

Mexico head coach, Jorge Miguel Azair Lopez: "Our first goal is to qualify to the Olympic qualifier in January.  We are well prepared - we played at the Pan Am Games and the FIVB Olympic qualifier in Russia.  I think these tournaments prepared us well for this event in Canada."

Canada head coach, Glenn Hoag: "I think it's a good competition for us. It's important as it's a step to the main qualifier in January.  Our main focus is to qualify for the Olympics, and we're at home so we like to perform well.  Our team is ready with no major injuries.  We are aiming to win."

Guatemala head coach, Reider Lucas Mora: "This competition is really important for us because we have a chance to play against teams that are at a very high level of skill.  And our main goal is to have a good tournament, which will help our players improve overall in the level of their game."

Cuba head coach Yosvany Muñoz Perez: "In this tournament we want to fight for first place.  It's always our main objective - to win.   Canada is a good team and they brought their top players, but we will try to defeat them as well as the other teams in the competition. "



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