Wednesday, 22 May 2024

2019 NORCECA Champions Cup

The 2019 NORCECA Champions Cup was an exciting event that brought together top volleyball teams from around the world. This competition showcased the best of the best in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Teams from the USA, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico battled it out for the ultimate title.


  • Men: USA, Canada, Cuba, Puerto Rico
  • Women: USA, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Canada


The tournament took place over several days, with thrilling matches that kept fans on the edge of their seats.

Thursday, Aug. 22:

  • Cuba def. Canada, 25-19, 19-25, 25-17, 22-25, 15-11 (men)
  • Dominican Republic def. Puerto Rico, 17-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-27, 15-13 (women)
  • USA def. Canada, 18-25, 25-14, 25-23, 25-20 (women)
  • USA def. Puerto Rico, 25-13, 25-16, 25-15 (men)

Friday, Aug. 23:

  • Puerto Rico def. Canada, 25-19, 26-24, 25-21 (men)
  • Dominican Republic def. Canada, 24-26, 25-23, 25-13, 25-20 (women)
  • USA def. Puerto Rico, 25-19, 25-16, 25-22 (women)
  • Cuba def. USA, 25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 25-14 (men)

Saturday, Aug. 24:

  • Cuba def. Puerto Rico, 30-28, 25-17, 25-22 (men)
  • Canada def. Puerto Rico, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-21 (women)
  • USA def. Dominican Republic, 25-19, 25-17, 25-27, 25-22 (women)
  • Canada def. USA 28-26, 25-20, 27-29, 26-24 (men)
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Throughout the tournament, there were several newsworthy moments that captured the attention of volleyball enthusiasts.

  • 8/14: USAV to Host Champions Cup in Colorado Springs
  • 8/16: Women’s NORCECA Champions Cup Roster Named
  • 8/21: Haneef-Park Standing Tall on U.S. Women’s Sideline
  • 8/22: Kessel Leads U.S. Men Past Puerto Rico
  • 8/22: U.S. Women Open NORCECA Cup with Win
  • 8/23: Wilhite Parsons Scores 17 as U.S. Women Defeat Puerto Rico
  • 8/24: Silver Lining for U.S. Men at Champions Cup
  • 8/24: U.S. Women Win NORCECA Champions Cup


The teams participating in the tournament had some incredible talent on their rosters. Here are the players who represented the USA:

U.S. Women

  • Rhamat Alhassan (M, 6-4, Glenarden, Maryland, University of Florida)

  • Ashley Evans (S, 6-1, Liberty Township, Ohio, Purdue University)

  • Paige Tapp (M, 6-1, Stewartville, Minnesota, University of Minnesota)

  • Sarah Wilhite Parsons (OH, 6-2, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, University of Minnesota)

  • Samantha Seliger-Swenson (S, 5-11, Minnetonka, Minnesota, University of Minnesota)

  • Roni Jones-Perry (OH, 6-0, West Jordan, Utah, BYU)

  • Amanda Benson (L, 5-7, Litchfield Park, Arizona, University of Oregon)

  • Simone Lee (OH, 6-1, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Penn State)

  • Kadie Rolfzen (OH, 6-3, Papillion, Nebraska, University of Nebraska)

  • Jenna Rosenthal (M, 6-6, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Marquette University)

  • Oluoma Okaro (OPP, 6-1, Lakewood, California, Arizona State University)

  • Head Coach: Tayyiba Haneef-Park

  • Assistant Coaches: Michelle Chatman, Brandon Directo

  • Statistician: Mike Gee

  • Team Manager: Jordan Kelly

  • Team Guide: Gabi Garbato

  • Physiotherapist: Melanie Luck

U.S. Men

  • Josh Ayzenberg (L, 5-8, Long Beach, N.Y., Sacred Heart)

  • J.T. Hatch (L, 6-1, Mesa Ariz., UCLA)

  • Garrett Zolg (S, 6-3, Huntington Beach, Calif., Loyola Chicago)

  • Corey Chavers (OH, 6-4, Downey, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)

  • Cody Kessel (OH, 6-5, Colorado Springs, Colo., Princeton)

  • Matt Yoshimoto (S, 6-5, Ventura, Calif., Lewis)

  • Nick Amado (MB, 6-6, Aliso Niguel, Calif., Long Beach State)

  • Greg Petty (OH, 6-6, Downers Grove, Ill., Lewis)

  • Michael Wexter (Opp, 6-6, New Lenox, Ill., Pepperdine)

  • Blake Leeson (MB, 6-8, Mequon, Wis., Ohio State)

  • Ryan Moss (Opp, 6-8, Corona Del Mar, Calif., USC)

  • David Wieczorek (OH, 6-8, Chicago, Ill., Pepperdine)

  • Matthew August (MB, 6-7, San Clemente, Calif., Irvine Valley College)

  • Patrick Gasman (MB, 6-10, Clovis, Calif., Hawaii)

  • Head Coach: Matt Werle

  • Assistant Coach: Spencer McLachlin

  • Physiotherapist: Melanie Luck

  • Team Manager: Kimmie Beach

  • Statistician: Michael Gee

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Q: When and where did the 2019 NORCECA Champions Cup take place?
A: The tournament took place in Colorado Springs, USA.

Q: Which teams participated in the tournament?
A: Teams from the USA, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico participated in the tournament.

Q: Who won the men’s division of the tournament?
A: The men’s division was won by Cuba.

Q: Who won the women’s division of the tournament?
A: The women’s division was won by the USA.


The 2019 NORCECA Champions Cup was a thrilling event that showcased the best volleyball talent from the USA, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. The tournament featured intense matches, with Cuba emerging as the champions in the men’s division and the USA clinching the title in the women’s division. It was a true celebration of the sport and a testament to the skill and dedication of the participating teams. To stay updated with the latest volleyball news and events, visit our website at