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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Chattanooga Mocs sophomore outside hitter Julimar Alvarado (San Juan, Puerto Rico) is set to compete in the Women’s U20 World Championship with the Puerto Rico National Team in the Czech Republic. Alvarado, one of 20 members on roster, and Puerto Rico take on the hosting Czech Republic National Team Friday, June 21 in Brno.

“The experience has been great,” Alvarado said. “Being able to play at such high level with these girls has been amazing. I trained with them for almost a month in Puerto Rico and now we are ready to compete. This group has been amazing and they have been together for a long time now.”

Alvarado recorded 200 kills and led all freshmen with a 2.53 kills per set averaged during her rookie campaign in 2012. The outside hitter saw action in 79 sets for the Mocs.

Puerto Rico qualified earlier in the month for the championships with a win over Cuba in the qualifying rounds. Selected to Pool A along with the Czech Republic, Puerto Rico is pooled with Chinese Taipei, Peru and Dominican Republic national teams.

“I could not be more excited for the opportunity for Julimar to go and compete against the best volleyball players in the world in her age group, or more proud of her in what she has done already academically and athletically here at Chattanooga,” Head Coach Travis Filar said. “To be invited to represent Puerto Rico, to make the Under-20 Junior National team, to see another part of the world through volleyball, and to be competing for a World Championship is an honor and privilege.”

Including Puerto Rico, the defending Italian National Team looks to defend its title as it competes in Pool D. The Brazilian National Team, the 2012 runner up, competes in Pool C and last year’s bronze medalist Chinese National Team competes in Pool B.

For more information on the international tournament, click here.

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