Volleyball: Eaglecrest’s Poulter, USA claim gold medal at U20 NORCECA tourney

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Eaglecrest High School senior-to-be Jordyn Poulter (1) sets a ball during the U.S. Women's Junior National Volleyball Team's win over the Dominican Republic in the semifinals of the U20 NORCEGA Continental Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala. (Photo courtesy USA Volleyball)
Eaglecrest High School senior-to-be Jordyn Poulter (1) sets a ball during the U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team’s win over the Dominican Republic in the semifinals of the U20 NORCECA Continental Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala. (Photo courtesy USA Volleyball)

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA | Jordyn Poulter again made the most of her trip to play volleyball abroad.

The Eaglecrest High School senior-to-be setter had yet another outstanding international volleyball tournament, as she helped the United States’ Women’s Junior National Team to a gold medal at the U20 NORCECA Continental Championship.

Poulter and the U.S. team rolled past Cuba 25-15, 25-22, 25-16 in Sunday’s championship match to claim the country’s fifth gold medal in the past six versions of the biennial tournament. The U.S. won a bronze medal at the last tournament in 2012.

In the gold medal victory, Poulter — a University of Illinois recruit who plays club volleyball for Front Range — had 17 sets on 65 attempts and added two attacks, two blocks and a service ace.

Coach Tom Hogan’s U.S. team swept past defending champion Dominican Republic 25-16, 25-20, 25-18 in the semifinals.

Alexa Smith of Monument joined Poulter as the Colorado contingent on the 12-player roster.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel

2014 U20 NORCECA CONTINENTAL VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Gold Medal match: USA def. Cuba 25-15, 25-22, 25-16

3rd place match: Dominican Republic def Mexico 25-17, 25-16, 25-19;

5th place match: Costa Rica def Guatemala 25-17, 21-25, 25-9, 25-15

Group A: July 8 – Cuba def Nicaragua, 25-11, 25-6, 25-16; July 9 – Dominican Republic def Nicaragua, 25-3, 25-9, 25-8; July 10 – Cuba def Dominican Republic, 25-16, 25-16, 17-25, 25-20

Group B: July 8 – Guatemala def Martinique, 25-14, 25-12, 25-17; July 9 – Costa Rica def Martinique, 25-12, 25-12, 25-5; July 10 – Costa Rica def Guatemala, 25-17, 25-20, 22-25, 21-25, 15-8

Group C: July 8 – Mexico def St. Lucia, 25-7, 25-18, 25-8; July 9 – USA def St. Lucia, 25-5, 25-4, 25-3; July 10 – USA def Mexico, 25-5, 25-21, 25-18

July 11: Nicaragua def St. Lucia, 25-19, 25-20, 25-21; Dominican Republic def Guatemala, 25-4, 25-4, 25-2; Mexico def Costa Rica, 25-10, 25-12, 25-16; July 12: Nicaragua def Martinique, 25-22, 25-18, 25-23; Cuba def Mexico, 25-23, 14-25, 25-22, 25-20; USA def Dominican Republic, 25-16, 25-20, 25-18