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NORCECA Men’s U-21 is underway in Colorado

USA libero Anthony Ensbury in action during the match against Honduras at NORCECA U-21 Continental Championship on Monday

Colorado Springs, USA, August 27, 2012 – Mexico and hosts United States in Pool A and Puerto Rico and Canada in Pool B opened with victories in day one of the 2012 NORCECA Men’s U-21 Continental Championship, a qualifier to next year’s FIVB World Championship of the age group to be held in Turkey.

The medal winners of the eight-team competition being held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado are granted of tickets to the world championship.

Mexico 3, St. Vincent and Grenadines 0

Mexico won its opening match with a 25-7, 25-10, 25-15 victory over St. Vincent and Grenadines. Mexico, with nine different players scoring, was led by Marco Rodriguez’s 10 points, while Jesus Perales chipped in nine points. Irving Gonzalez tallied five aces in the match for Mexico in a non-starting role. St. Vincent and Grenadines was paced by Ijahlon Butler’s eight points. Mexico’s service kept St. Vincent and the Grenadines out of system with a 11-2 ace advantage, while also producing a 6-4 block advantage. Mexico limited its errors to 15 and benefited from 18 St. Vincent and Grenadines errors.

Puerto Rico 3, Curacao 0

Puerto Rico started with a 27-25, 25-13, 25-23 victory over a spirited Curacao. Puerto Rico captain Cristian Rivera paced his squad with 12 points, while Giovanni Llinas chipped in 10 points. Pedro Fernandez added nine points. Curacao received balanced scoring with Quinten Anthony scoring 11 points and Derrick Alexandre adding nine points. The winners held slim advantages of 37-25 in attack points, 12-9 in blocks and 2-0 in aces, but took advantage of 26 Curacao errors to its own 17 errors.

Canada 3, Guatemala 0

Canada used a 17-3 block advantage to defeat Guatemala 25-15, 25-13, 25-21. Canada was sparked offensively by Dany Demyanenko’s 17 points in the victory. Alexander William Russell added 12 points, which included four blocks and four aces.  Gerardo Antonio Gonzalez Pas led Guatemala with nine points, while Erick Noel Colindres Ipina tallied eight points. Aside from a dominating block, the North Americans produced a 7-0 margin in aces to offset 21 miscues to Guatemala’s 18.

United States 3, Honduras 0

Defending champions United States opened with a 25-12, 25-12, 25-16 victory over Honduras.  Gregory Petty paced the home side with 13 points including four aces, while Matthew Tarantino and James Shaw added eight points in just two sets of play. Seven Americans tallied a block, while seven different players scored at least one ace and 11 of the 12 Americans scored at least one point. The United States produced an 13-0 service ace margin and out-blocked Honduras 11-5. Honduras limited its errors to 12 for the match, compared to 22 of the USA.


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