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Tickets to semifinals at stake in NORCECA U-21

Mexico's players celebrate their victory over Honduras on Tuesday at the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, USA, August 28, 2012 – Mexico challenge defending champions and hosts United States while Puerto Rico take on Canada on Wednesday in the battle for pool supremacy and a direct ticket to the semifinals of the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship taking place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In the second day of action of the qualifier event to next year’s FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship in Turkey, Mexico defeated Honduras, USA breezed past St Vincent and Grenadines, Canada blanked Curacao and Puerto Rico swept Guatemala.

In the other matches of Wednesday, Honduras go against St Vincent and Grenadines while Curacao play Guatemala in a battle for spots in the quarterfinals round against the second place teams.

Canada 3, Curacao 0
Canada defeated Curacao 25-13, 25-7, 25-22 to improve to 2-0 in Pool B. The winning side was led by Jarrid Michael Ireland’s 10 points, while Ryley Brendan Barnes added nine points. Quinten Anthony tallied 11 points in leading Curacao. Canada produced a 7-1 ace advantage and a 7-2 block advantage in the victory. The victors limited their errors to 14 for the match, while Curacao totaled 24 errors.

Mexico 3, Honduras 0
Mexico handled Honduras 25-15, 26-24, 25-14 in Pool A to improve to 2-0. Jesus Alberto Perales and Jose Martinez paced Mexico with 11 points apiece, while teammate Sergio Perez tallied 10 points. Honduras was led by Jose Vasquez’s eight points, while Alex Padilla and Ricardo Vasquez added seven points each. Mexico held slim edges of 6-3 in blocks and 4-1 in aces.

Puerto Rico 3, Guatemala 0
Puerto Rico moved to 2-0 in Pool B with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 victory over Guatemala. Puerto Rico had 11 of its 12 players score points, keyed by nine points each from Fabian Roehna and Pedro Fernandez. Pedro Nieves added eight points in the victory. Guatemala’s Gerardo Gonzalez Paz scored a match-high 17 points, while Erick Colindres added six points. Puerto Rico managed a 7-1 advantage in aces to keep Guatemala off-balance on reception while adding a 12-3 margin in blocks.

United States 3, St Vincent and the Grenadines 0
The United States was too much for St. Vincent and the Grenadines in a 25-8, 25-8, 25-9 victory to improve to 2-0 in Pool A. Michael Henchy sparked the United States with 12 points, followed by teammate Driss Guessous with eight points. St. Vincent and the Grenadines was led by Ijahlon Butler with five points and Jahmal Small added four points. The United States produced a 9-0 block advantage to go with a 5-0 margin in aces. The Americans limited their errors to 12 for the match and benefited from 27 St. Vincent and the Grenadines errors.


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