TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013
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Gabriela Roman
Gabriela Roman
Gabriela Roman to compete for Puerto Rican Junior National Team at Junior World Championship

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –  Jacksonville University’s Gabriela Roman has been selected to compete for the Puerto Rican Junior National team in the Junior World Championship June 21 to 30 in the Czech Republic.

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Roman complete her freshman year with the Dolphins in 2012-13. She posted 202 kills during the indoor season and was named the Atlantic Sun Sand Volleyball Freshman of the Year this spring.

“This will be my first time going to Europe and my first time competing with the national team, so I’m really looking forward to the opportunity,” said Roman. “The tournament is going to be a big experience for me. We will be competing against some of the best countries in the world. I’m focused on working hard and trying to help the team in anyway I can.”

Roman credits her development throughout her first year of competing with the Dolphins in helping her have the chance to be selected for the national team.

“This past year at JU was a really huge step to help me prepare. I learned how to better communication with my teammates on the floor and my physical condition is way better.

Jacksonville Head Coach Michelle Collier has been experience her development first hand.

“I am so proud and excited for Gaby, participating in a high level competition like the world championships is wonderful. She has been growing and developing as a player and this is a reward to the hard work she has put in this summer during the tryouts for the Puerto Rican national team. We look forward to her coming back with more experience after this opportunity. This is awesome for her and great for our program!”

The 17th edition of the Women’s Under 20 World Championship are scheduled to take place in Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic.

The competition features a revised format having been expanded from 16 to 20 teams comprising the hosts and 19 qualifiers. The tournament provides a platform for the next generation of stars to showcase their skills on the international stage and potentially take the big step into the senior ranks.  

Italy go into the competition as defending champions after they defeated Brazil in the 2011 final for their first gold medal in the history of the tournament. Brazil, champions on six occasions, will be out to make up for that loss, but 2011 bronze medallists China will also be confident off claiming the gold for themselves.  

The women’s Under 20 World Championships are held every two years and the 2011 edition took place in the cities of Lima and Trujillo in Peru.