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Canada and United States to play for NORCECA men’s Gold

Canada's Dallas Soonias (7) contributed 12 points to the semifinal victory over Cuba on Friday night at Langley Events Centre
Langley, Canada, September 28, 2013 – Hosts Canada and the United States are set to battle for the NORCECA men’s title and the ticket to the FIVB Grand Champions Cup as the two sides clash on Saturday night at Langley Events Centre.

Canada beat a young Cuba in straight sets (25-14, 25-17, 25-21) while the United States overcame a resilient Puerto Rico in four frames (25-13, 24-26, 25-20, 25-16).

Also on Saturday, Dominican Republic meets Mexico for the fifth position while Cuba and Puerto Rico play for the bronze medal.

“Our goal was to face USA in the finals and also to win this championship,” Canada’s captain Fred Winters said. “We are almost there and now we are playing one of the best teams in the world tomorrow.” 

“It feels pretty good,” USA captain Sean Rooney said. “This is where I wanted to be. We tried to prepare consistently for every match.”

Canada 3, Cuba 0
Canada advanced to the gold medal match with a straight sets (25-14, 25-17, 25-21) victory over defending champions Cuba. Rudy Verhoeff, (14), Dallas Soonias (12) and ohn Gordon Perrin (14) were the top scorers for Canada. On the Cuban side Lázaro Fundora scored 9. Canada held a huge 16-3 advantage in the blocking category.

United States 3, Puerto Rico 1
The United States qualified to the final with 3-1 victory (25-13, 24-26, 25-20, 25-16) over Puerto Rico. Matthew Anderson was the top scorer for the American team with 15 points. Maxwell Holt and William Priddy finished with 12 apiece, while Troy Murphy tallied 11. Puerto Rico’s Sequiel Sánchez finished with 9 and Roberto Muñiz had 8.

Bahamas 3, St Lucia 0
Bahamas defeated Saint Lucia 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-20) in the match for seventh place. Bahamas’ captain Prince’Tanique Wilson scored 15 points while Byron Ferguson 10. For Saint Lucia, Julian Bissette concluded with 15.

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