The Bermuda Volleyball Association’s Junior Girls National Volleyball Team will be participating in the 2019 ECVA U20 Zonal Championships, to be held in St. Johns, Antigua. This tournament will be held August 22nd through August 26th and represents the first stage of qualification for the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship which will be held in the summer of 2021.
Bermuda will be sending a full squad of 12 players and will be facing off against Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Saba and St. Lucia.
“We were unable to send a team to the qualification tournament for the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championships, back in 2017, so we’re very excited to be able to participate in this new round of qualification for the 2021 event.”, says Head Coach, Gary LeBlanc.
Coach LeBlanc goes on: “This event will be, generally, comprised of 17 and 18 year olds, however the team that we are sending to this stage of the qualification is a relatively young team where the average player age is 16. Even though we may be on younger end of the spectrum and less experienced, we’ve been working very hard to come together as a team in preparation for this event and really looking forward to the opportunity to show what we’re capable of. All of the players have put in a lot of time and effort over the last several weeks and we hope that with a little more fine-tuning we will be ready to compete. I’ve seen some of the senior women’s teams from these countries over the years but I have no idea what to expect from their U18 programs. Our focus will be to stick to the fundamentals of the game, do our best to minimize errors and if we remain consistent in our play I think we will come away with some wins.”