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Cuba, USA and Mexico remain on top at NORCECA Boys' Champs

Cuba relied on their high blocking to brush aside Nicaragua on Tuesday

Tijuana, Mexico, July 3, 2012 – Cuba, USA and hosts Mexico remained undefeated at the NORCECA U19 Boys' Continental Championship as the action spilled into the second day at Baja California High Performance Center in Tijuana on Tuesday.

The top two ranked teams, besides hosts Mexico, at the conclusion of eight-team competition will be granted tickets to next year’s FIVB Volleyball Boys' Youth World Championship to be held in Tijuana and Mexicali.

Cuba defeated Nicaragua (1-1) in straight sets (25-14, 25-11, 25-8) to earn their second victory in Pool A. Santiago Uriarte topped Cuba with 13 tallies (with six aces), while Inover Romero converted 11. On the Nicaraguan side, Christopher Lee Lazo finished with six.

“This is our first international competition and can I feel we are reaching the level we want one step at a time,” Cuba captain Ricardo Calvo said.

Costa Rica evened its win-loss record at 1-1 in Pool A after brushing aside winless French Saint Martin 3-0 (25-9, 25-16, 25-16). Luis Diego Abarga was the top scorer in this match with 13 points, while Jafet García and Cesar Gomez each finished with eight. Kareem Brooks registered eight for the defeated side.

“We faced a team with very talented young players with a lot of potential,” Costa Rica captain Andres Araya said.

The United States clinched their second victory in Pool B by defeating winless US Virgin Islands 3-0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-10). David Parker scored 12 points for USA, while Aseah Thomas finished with seven for the US Virgin Islands.

“I want to congratulate the US Virgin Islands for a great match, and it was also a great team effort from us,” American captain Christian Blough said.

Mexico also remained undefeated in Pool B following a 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-17) victory over Puerto Rico (0-2). Alexis Garay converted 13 points for Mexico and Mauricio López contributed nine. Puerto Rico’s Juan Ruiz Goyco finished with nine points.

“This was a very important match, we prepared well in the morning to play against a very tough team, a high level one, very tall,” Mexico captain Mauricio López said.

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