Colorado Springs, USA, August 31, 2012 – The United States and Canada qualified to the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Men's Junior World Championship by reaching the gold medal match of the NORCECA qualifier on Friday.
In the semifinal matches of the U21 NORCECA Continental Championship at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, USA defeated Puerto Rico while Canada beat Mexico.
The United States versus Canada title-medal match will take place at 17:30 after the bronze-medal match of Puerto Rico versus Mexico at 15:00. Honduras faces Guatemala for fifth place at 13:00, while Curacao challenges St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the seventh-place match at 11:00.
Puerto Rico and Mexico will vie for the third spot awarded into next year’s World Championship.
The United States are the defending champions of the biennial NORCECA event after defeating Canada in the most recent edition in 2010.
United States 3, Puerto Rico 0
The United States recorded a 25-15, 25-16, 25-20 victory over Puerto Rico to reach the gold-medal match. Benjamin Patch sparked the United States with 16 points including three blocks, while Nicholas Olson charted 11 points. Gregory Petty and Matthew Tarantino notched 10 points each. Puerto Rico had nine different players score points led by Francisco Velez and Pedro Nieves with six points each. The United States service kept Puerto Rico out of system that included a 7-0 ace advantage. The U.S. added an 8-6 block advantage and 45-27 kill margin.
Canada 3, Mexico 1
Canada advanced to the gold-medal match with a 25-17, 25-18, 24-26, 25-21 victory over Mexico on Friday afternoon. Canada will face the second semifinal winner of United States and Puerto Rico, while Mexico will challenge the loser for the bronze medal. Canada had five players in double digits. Dany Demyanenko led Canada with 18 points, while Alexander William Russell added 12 points in the victory. Jarrid Michael Ireland and Brook Alois Sedore scored 11 points and Ryley Brendan Barnes tacked on 10 points. Sergio Perez led Mexico with 19 points, followed by Jesus Alberto Perales’ 18 points. Canada’s block provided a 13-5 scoring edge over Mexico, in addition to a 60-54 edge in kills.
Guatemala 3, St Vincent and Grenadines 0
Guatemala scored a 25-12, 25-16, 25-16 victory over St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Guatemala will now advance to the fifth-place match will face the winner of Honduras and Curacao, while St. Vincent and the Grenadines will play the loser. Erick Colindres, Gerardo Antonio Gonzalez Paz and Christopher Leon Du John all provided Guatemala with a team-high eight points. Ijahlon Butler led St. Vincent and the Grenadines with 10 points. Guatemala held a sizeable 34-15 margin in kills, in addition to a 7-2 margin in blocks. Both teams had to overcome a high number of errors, with St. Vincent and the Grenadines committing 30 and Guatemala 24.
Honduras 3, Curacao 1
Honduras rallied past Curacao 25-27, 25-19, 27-25, 25-19 to advance to the fifth-place place on against Guatemala, while Curacao will play St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Saturday for seventh place. Ricardo Vasquez led Honduras with 17 points, while teammates Jose Vasquez contributed 15 points and Frank Alley 13 points. Quinten Anthony paced Curacao with 26 points while Jurcham Meulens followed with 21 points. Honduras benefited from 44 Curacao errors in the match to its own 22 in offsetting Curacao’s 59-48 margin in kills. Honduras held a slim 9-7 block advantage.
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