The famed 2023 NORCECA Championship, hosted in Quebec, witnessed an impressive start from the U.S. Women’s National Team. Their inaugural match against the budding Costa Rica team culminated in a commanding 3-0 victory on Tuesday.
Dominant Performance from the U.S. Team
Ranked third globally, the U.S. showcased their prowess by maintaining the lead throughout the game. With an efficiency percentage of .623 and a 43-12 edge in kills, their domination was evident. This momentum is expected to continue when they clash against Cuba at 10:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday.
U.S. Head Coach Karch Kiraly expressed his pride in the team, highlighting their dedication and the significant strides in offensive speed. He emphasized the team’s respect for their opponents, reflected in their spirited play against them.
Key Players Stealing the Show
Jordan Thompson, shining as the Player of the Match, led the scoring chart with 16 points. This was backed by 11 kills, three blocks, and two aces. Her remarkable performance secured her a selection of maple syrup products.
Veteran outside hitter, Jordan Larson, made a triumphant return, scoring 10 kills in 11 attacks. Her performance was particularly sentimental as her last game for the U.S. Women was during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Dana Rettke, the middle blocker, showcased her expertise with a match-high of four aces. Lauren Carlini, the setter, was pivotal in steering the offense, and Haleigh Washington and Kelsey Robinson Cook added further depth with seven kills each.
Tournament Format and U.S. Prospects
Seven top-tier teams are contending in Quebec. They’re split into two groups: Pool A hosting Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, while Pool B consists of Cuba, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and the U.S.
The U.S. Women’s Team boasts eight NORCECA Championship titles but hasn’t clinched the top spot since 2015. The Dominican Republic won in both 2019 and 2021.
U.S. Women’s Squad for 2023 NORCECA Championship
A detailed list of players representing the U.S. Women’s Team in 2023 is provided, with their respective positions, heights, hometowns, colleges, and USAV Regions.
Coaching & Support Staff: This event witnesses the leadership of Head Coach Karch Kiraly, supported by a talented team of assistants, trainers, analysts, managers, and medical professionals.
Upcoming NORCECA Championship Matches
The schedule indicates that the U.S. Women’s Team is set to face off against formidable opponents like Cuba and the Dominican Republic, followed by quarterfinals and potential classification rounds.