2018 NORCECA U-18 Girls’ Continental Championship
- August 27-September 1, 2018
- Tegucigalpa, Honduras
- Tournament Site
USA outside hitter Jessica Mruzik was tabbed as the Most Valuable Player at the NORCECA U18 Championships on Saturday after leading the Americans to the gold medal and a berth in the U18 World Cup.
Mruzik notched eight points (6 kills, 2 aces) in the team’s pool play opener vs. Nicaragua. After resting against Barbados, the Livonia, Michigan native and Michigan verbal commit posted a match-high 12 kills and a block against Honduras to secure the USA a spot in the semifinals.
In the semifinals, Mruzik scored a team-leading 14 points (12 kills, 1 block, 1 ace). She finished off the week with a 19-point haul in the title match vs. Canada (14 kills, 3 aces, 2 blocks).
Mruzik also was honored as the tournament’s top outside hitter. Allison Jacobs, Emily Londot, Kennedi Orr and Hattie Monson also were honored among the NORCECA U18 Dream Team.
Cuba’s Thainalien Castillo was honored as the tournament’s top scorer, posting 77 points, including 24 aces.
MVP: Jessica Mzurik, USA
1st Outside Hitter: Jessica Mzurik, USA
2nd Outside Hitter: Alison Jacobs, USA
1st Middle Blocker: Geraldine González, Dominican Republic
2nd Middle Blocker: Esthepany Rabit, Dominican Republic
Opposite Hitter: Emily Londot, USA
Setter: Kennedi Orr, USA
Best Libero: Katerina Georgiadis, Canada
Best Server: Thainalien Castillo, Cuba
Best Receiver: Hattie Monson, USA
Best Digger: Hattie Monson, USA
Best Scorer: Thainalien Castillo, Cuba
- 77 – Thainalien Castillo, CUB
- 67 – Flormarie Heredia, DOM
- 61 – Katarina Pantovic, CAN
- 57 – Thalia Moreno, CUB
- 56 – Tenneille Chapman-Goodluck, BAR
Most Individual Blocks
- 18 – Geraldine González, DOM
- 15 – Esthepany Rabit, DOM
- 15 – Anna Smrek, CAN
- 14 – Dayana Martínez, CUB
- 11 – Devyn Robinson, USA
Most Individual Aces
- 24 – Thainalien Castillo, CUB
- 16 – Andrea Aceituno, HON
- 15 – Yaimaris García, CUB
- 15 – Katarina Pantovic, CAN
- 13 – Mary Alfaro, CRC
- Dominican Republic
- Costa Rica