USA and Canada to semifinals of NORCECA Men’s Junior
Colorado Springs, USA, August 29, 2012 – Defending champions United States and Canada finished atop of their respective pools and are the first semifinalists of the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship taking place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
United States defeated Mexico in straight sets to win Pool A while Canada triumphed in Pool B with a victory over Puerto Rico in four sets. As pool winners, USA and Canada qualified directly to Friday’s semifinals. Mexico will play Guatemala and Puerto Rico will meet Honduras in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Canada 3, Puerto Rico 1
Guatemala 3, Curacao 1
Honduras overcame a slow start to capture its first match with a 25-17, 25-11, 25-20 victory over St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Honduras (1-2) advanced to Thursday’s quarterfinals as the third-place team in Pool A. Frank Alley led Honduras with 10 points in the victory, while Ricardo Vasquez contributed another nine points. Cristobal Mardiaga added eight points as the setter. St. Vincent and the Grenadines was led by Ijahlon Butler’s 11 points and teammate Jahmal Small added eight points. Honduras held a 8-2 margin in blocks and a 6-2 advantage in aces. Although St. Vincent and the Grenadines trailed only 32-26 in kills, its 29 errors in the match were a major factor in the final result.