Missouri freshman setter Molly Kreklow is a member of the USA Volleyball Junior National Team this week in the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NORCECA) Women’s Junior Continental Championship in Mexico.
Play opens today with Team USA squaring off against El Salvador. Team USA will also play Guadalupe and Mexico in pool play, which will end tomorrow.
Team USA has won the last three Continental Championships, which are held every two years. In fact, since the tournament began in 1998, Team USA is the only squad that has earned a spot on the podium in each of the six tournaments and has never finished lower than third at the event. The tournament pits the top teams from North American, Central America and the Caribbean against each other in a six-day tournament.
Kreklow earned a spot on the team after completing tryouts for the team back in May. She was one of 12 players selected to the team and one of only two setters. She is the only player on the team to be currently enrolled at a Division I NCAA Institution and the only player on the team with NCAA experience.
The tournament will run from July 6-10. Teams must first advance through pool play and then will be in a single-elimination tournament.