(HONDURAS) – Saints Athletics has congratulated women’s volleyball head coach Jimmy El-Turk on his recent silver medal win with the Team Canada U18 Girls Youth National Program. The team was competing at the NORCECA Championships in Honduras last week where El-Turk was working as an assistant coach.
“Being given the opportunity to represent Canada as a coach is a dream come true, but to be a part of a team that made history is on another level,” he said. “To have spent nine days in Central America (and) have a chance to work with the best coaches and athletes in Canada is something to be very proud of and the future of volleyball in Canada is very bright.”
After going 1-2 in pool play, losing 3-0 to Cuba (25-19, 25-20, 25-20) and to the Dominican Republic (25-19, 25-21, 25-19), and then defeating Costa Rica 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-13), the girls advanced to the quarterfinals against the host Honduras where they won 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-16).
In the semi-final against Cuba, Canada won a thrilling match 3-2. Canada was down 2-1 and then again 10-4 and 14-11 in the 5th set, but found a way to get it done, taking the 5th set 16-14.
The girls fell short to a very talented USA team in the gold medal match, but walked away very proud, winning the silver medal; a best-ever result at this competition. The team also qualified for the World Championships for the second time ever and the first time in 30 years.