2015 Women's Nor.Ca Pan American Championship Qualifier

Salinas & San Juan, Puerto Rico

March 30 - April 05, 2015

MARCH 23, 2015

By: Maurice M. Godwin
USA Team Handball Communications Specialist

AUBURN, Ala. -- The USA Women's National Team is scheduled to compete in the North American-Caribbean (Nor.Ca) Qualifier for the 2015 Women's Pan American Championship. Slated to take place from March 30 - April 5, 2015, this tournament will be held in Albergue Olímpico, the beautiful Olympic Training Center of Puerto Rico located in Salinas, and the exquisite Puerto Rico Convention Center (Centro de Convenciones) in San Juan.

The tournament will feature the Women's National Teams from Cuba, Greenland, Martinique, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United States. The top three teams of the Nor.Ca Qualifier, and Cuba, will advance to the 2015 Women's Pan American Handball Championship in Havana, Cuba (June 16-25). Cuba will automatically qualify for the Championship tournament, since they will be the host team.

Below is the tentative schedule for the Nor.Ca Qualifier (last updated 4/6):

2015 Women's Nor.Ca Pan American Championships Qualifier
March 30 - April 5, 2015

Albergue Olímpico, Salinas, Puerto Rico &
Centro de Convenciones, San Juan, Puerto Rico
(all match times Atlantic Standard Time [AST]; UTC -04:00 hrs)

Monday, March 30 - Albergue Olímpico
Match 1: United States (USA) 26:26 Greenland (GRL) | Stats
Match 2: Mexico (MEX) 33:25 Martinique (MTQ) | Stats
Match 3: Puerto Rico (PUR) 15:52 Cuba (CUB) | Stats

Tuesday, March 31- Albergue Olímpico
Match 4: GRL 20:20 MEX | Stats
Match 5: CUB 35:15 USA | Stats
Match 6: MTQ 24:24 PUR | Stats

Wednesday, April 1 - Albergue Olímpico
Match 7: CUB 33:17 MTQ | Stats
Match 8: MEX 31:26 USA | Stats
Match 9: PUR 27:26 GRL | Stats

Thursday, April 2 - Albergue Olímpico
Match 10: CUB 29:19 MEX | Stats
Match 11: MTQ 19:22 GRL | Stats
Match 12: PUR 29:33 USA | Stats

Friday, April 3 - GOOD FRIDAY - No Matches Scheduled

Saturday, April 4 - Centro de Convenciones
Match 13: GRL 23:32 CUB | Stats
Match 14: USA 24:21 MTQ | Stats
Match 15: MEX 28:26 PUR | Stats

Sunday, April 5 - Centro de Convenciones
3rd Place Match: GRL 23:27 USA | Stats
5th Place Match: PUR 27:19 MTQ | Stats
First Place Match: CUB 34:25 MEX | Stats

Final Standings
1st place: Cuba
2nd place: Mexico
3rd place: United States
4th place: Greenland
5th place: Puerto Rico
6th place: Martinique

The top three teams in the 2015 Pan American Championships, plus Brazil (the reigning 2013 IHF World Champion), will then qualify for the 2015 International Handball Federation (IHF) World Women's Championship in Denmark. The 5th place team in the Pan American Championship will compete against Algeria (4th in the 2014 African Women’s Handball Championship), Kazakhstan (4th in the 2015 Asian Women’s Handball Championship), and Australia, for the final seed in the World Championship.

Should the USA Women advance to the 2015 IHF Women's World Championship, it would be the first time since 1995 that Team USA will have appeared in the event.