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USA crowned at NORCECA Men’s Championship

 
USA players exploded in celebration after winning the last point of the title match against Canada before a full house at Langley Events Centre on Saturday
Langley, Canada, September 29, 2013 - The United States outplayed Canada in straight sets (25-23, 25-20, 25-14) to win the gold medal at the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship and in the process earned the ticket to the FIVB Grand Champions Cup on Saturday

A full crowd of around 5,000 spectators at the Langley Events Centre watched the American side to capture their eight gold medal and fourth of the last six editions of the biennial tournament.

Matthew Anderson, eventually elected MVP of the tournament, topped USA with 17 points, including three aces, while William Priddy and Maxwell Holt finished with 11 apiece. On the Canadian side, Dallas Soonias recorded 9 and John Gordon Perrin added 7 points.
 
 “At the end of the day, the most important tournament we play in, besides the Olympics themselves, is the NORCECA tournament,” USA Coach John Speraw stated. “For us to come here and win like we did is a wonderful achievement for our program.”

“We got outplayed completely by the USA,” Canadian Coach Glenn Hoag said. “We couldn’t receive so we couldn’t establish any offense and they played great block defense. We had a chance in the first set but we made too many unforced errors.”
 
“This was our best match of the tournament,” American captain Sean Rooney said. “We put a lot of pressure on them with our serve and that was something we were working on since World League ended.”

Cuba won the bronze medal in a five setter against Puerto Rico (27-29, 25-27, 25-20, 27-25, 15-12). The victory allowed Cuba to keep alive their streak of stepping on the podium in the 23 editions of the competition.

Cuba team had a balanced attack and was able to overcome a 0-2 deficit to take the come-from-behind victory in the match that lasted 2 hours and 19 minutes.

Rolando Cepeda topped with 18 points, while David Fiel closed with 16. Abraham Gavilan scored 13, Yordan Bisset 12 and Jorber Quintana 10. Puerto Rico

Ezequiel Cruz was the top scorer with 23 points for Puerto Rico, that had a 2-0 lead and also had a very solid production with Mannix Roman (17 points), Juan Vazquez (12) and captain Enrique Escalante (12).

In the other match of Saturday, Mexico defeated Dominican Republic in straight sets (25-23, 25-22, 26-24) in the contest for the fifth position. 

Daniel Vargas was the top scorer for Mexico with 14 points while Edgar Herrera closed with 11. For Dominican Republic, Elvis Contreras closed with 10 points. 

Final Positions: 
1. United States
2. Canada
3. Cuba
4. Puerto Rico
5. Mexico
6. Dominican Republic
7. Bahamas
8. St Lucia
9. Guatemala

Individual Awards:
MVP: Matthew Anderson, USA
Best Scorer: Rolando Cepeda, CUB
Best Spiker: Andy Leonardo, GUA
Best Blocker: Rudy Verhoeff, CAN
Best Server: Micah Christenson, USA
Best Setter: Micah Christenson, USA
Best Receiver: Blair Cameron, CAN
Best Digger: Dennis Del Valle, PUR
Best Libero: Dennis Del Valle, PUR
Best Coach: John Speraw, USA (Jim Coleman Trophy)

All-Star Team
Setter: Micah Christenson, USA
Outside Hitter: Matthew Anderson, USA
Outside Hitter: William Priddy, USA
Middle Blocker: Rudy Vehoeff, CAN
Middle Blocker: Byron Ferguson, BAH
Opposite: Daniel Vargas, MEX
Libero: Dennis Del Valle, PUR

Best Scorers
81- Rolando Cepeda, CUB
64- Ezequiel Cruz, PUR
59- Roberto Muñiz, PUR
49- Prince’Tanique Wilson, BAH
48- John Gordon Perrin, CAN
47- Jose Caceres, DOM
46- Elvis Contreras, DOM
45- Dallas Soonias, CAN
45- Enrique Escalante, PUR
42- Matthew Anderson, USA
42- Sequiel Sanchez, PUR

Top Scorers by Day
13- Murphy Troy of United States v St Lucia on 23-9-13
26- Rolando Cepeda of Cuba v Puerto Rico on 24-9-13
20- John Gordon Perrin of Canada v Mexico on 25-9-13
31- Jose Caceres of Dominican Republic v Cuba on 26-9-13
15- Prince’Tanique Wilson of Bahamas v St Lucia on 27-9-13
15- Julian Bissette of St Lucia v Bahamas on 27-9-13
15- Matthew Anderson of United States v Puerto Rico on 27-9-13
23- Ezequiel Cruz of Puerto Rico v Cuba on 28-9-13

Top Scoring Performances
31- Jose Caceres of Dominican Republic v Cuba on 26-9-13
26- Rolando Cepeda of Cuba v Puerto Rico on 24-9-13
23- Ezequiel Cruz of Puerto Rico v Cuba on 28-9-13
22- Rolando Cepeda of Cuba v Dominican Republic on 26-9-13
20- John Gordon Perrin of Canada v Mexico on 25-9-13

Top Blocking Performances
8- Rudy Verhoeff of Canada v Guatemala on 23-9-13
7- Byron Ferguson of Bahamas v Guatemala on 26-9-13
6- Rudy Verhoeff of Canada v Cuba on 27-9-13
6- Danger Quintana of Cuba v Puerto Rico on 28-9-13

Top Serving Performances
5- Micah Christenson of United States v St Lucia on 23-9-13
3- Rolando Cepeda of Cuba v Bahamas on 23-9-13
3- Rolando Cepeda of Cuba v Puerto Rico on 24-9-13
3- William Priddy of United States v Dominican Republic on 24-9-13
3- Carson Clark of United States v Dominican Republic on 24-9-13
3- Rolando Cepeda of Cuba v Dominican Republic on 26-9-13
3- Jose Caceres of Dominican Republic v Cuba on 26-9-13

Top Team-Blocking Performances
22- Canada v Guatemala on 23-9-13
19- Cuba v Puerto Rico on 28-9-13
18- Cuba v Dominican Republic on 26-9-13
16- Canada v Cuba on 27-9-13
13- Cuba v Puerto Rico on 24-9-13

Top Team-Serving Performances
11- United States v St Lucia on 23-9-13

Highest Scoring Sets
29-27 Puerto Rico v Cuba (1st Set) on 28-9-13
27-25 Puerto Rico v Cuba (2nd Set) on 28-9-13
27-25 Cuba v Puerto Rico (4th Set) on 28-9-13
26-24 Puerto Rico v United States (2nd Set) on 27-9-13
26-24 Mexico v Dominican Republic (3rd Set) on 28-9-13

Highest Scoring Matches
232- Cuba d Puerto Rico 3-2 (27-29, 25-27, 25-20, 27-25, 15-12) on 28-9-13
208- Cuba d Dominican Republic 3-2 (25-21, 21-25, 23-25, 25-16, 15-12) on 26-9-13 



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