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Mexico qualify to Junior Men's WCH, USA win gold medal

USA successfully defended the crown at the NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship and have medaled in eight editions

Colorado Springs, USA, September 1, 2012 - Mexico secured the third and final spot available to NORCECA into the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Junior World Championship in Turkey by sweeping Puerto Rico in straight sets on Saturday.

In the match for the gold medal, defending champions United States defeated Canada, with both teams already qualified to the world championship as the top three places in NORCECA advanced.

The Americans have now medaled in all eight editions of the tournament, including two silver medals and four bronze medals. Canada has now finished with the silver medal in the last three NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championships to go along with titles in 1998 and 2002 and a bronze medal in 2006.

“First off I want to say Canada played a great match today,” United States captain Micah Christenson said. “They forced us to play our best match of the tournament and forced us to pick up our game. It was a whole group effort winning the tournament.”

United States 3, Canada 1
The United States defeated Canada 26-24, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21 in the gold-medal match. The United States has now won the tournament’s gold medal for the second straight time having defeated Canada in the last edition of the biennial tournament held in 2010. Benjamin Patch sparked the United States with a match-high 19 points early in the match, while Nicholas Olson contributed 15 points. Gregory Petty chipped in 12 points. Matthew Tarantino and Douglas White each contributed nine points. Canada had four players in double-figure scoring paced by Ryley Brendan Barnes and Jarrid Michael Ireland with 14 points each. Dany Demyanenko and Stephen Timothy Maar tacked on 11 points apiece.

Mexico 3, Puerto Rico 0
Mexico defeated Puerto Rico 25-12, 25-21, 25-16 in the bronze-medal match. The bronze medal represents Mexico’s first-ever medal in the age-group. Puerto Rico was attempting to earn is fifth overall medal in the event as it had won silver in 2000 and 2002 along with bronze in 2004 and 2010. Sergio Perez led Mexico with 13 points and Jesus Alberto Perales added 10 points in the victory. Jose Mendoza totaled 15 digs, while Perez contributed 14 excellent receptions on 17 attempts. Puerto Rico was led by Fabian Rohena Figueroa with nine points and Pedro Fernandez Ramos added seven points. Mexico’s net defense held firm for a 10-4 block advantage. Mexico also limited its errors to seven in the match and benefited from 20 Puerto Rico errors.

Guatemala 3, Honduras 2
Guatemala edged Honduras 25-18, 20-25, 25-20, 24-26, 15-9 in the fifth-place match. Gerardo Gonzalez, the tournament’s leading scorer, produced 26 points for Guatemala while teammate Erick Colindres and Christopher Leon added 11 points each. Honduras was led by Frank Alley with 21 points and Diego Chavez totaled 12 points with eight blocks. Jose Vasquez and Ricardo Vasquez each added 10 points. Guatemala’s serve netted a 9-4 margin in aces to compensate for Honduras’ 17-13 advantage in blocks. Guatemala also had a 33-24 margin in digs.

Curacao 3, St Vincent and Grenadines 0
Curacao topped St. Vincent and the Grenadines 25-11, 25-16, 25-19 in the seventh-place match. The winners were led by Jurcham Meulens with 14 points, while Derrick Alexandre added 13 point in the victory. St. Vincent and the Grenadines was paced by Ijahlon Butler with 10 points followed by Jahmal Small’s seven points. Curacao out-served St. Vincent and the Grenadines 8-0 in aces, while St. Vincent and the Grenadines managed a 7-6 block advantage.

Final positions:

1. United States
2. Canada
3. Mexico
4. Puerto Rico
5. Guatemala
6. Honduras
7. Curacao
8. St Vincent and Grenadines

Individual Awards

MVP: Benjamin Patch (USA)
Best Scorer: Gerardo Gonzalez (GUA)
Best Spiker: Dany Demyanenko (CAN)
Best Blocker: Alexander William Russell (CAN)
Best Server: Gregory Petty (USA)
Best Setter: Micah Christenson (USA)
Best Digger: Jose Mendoza (MEX)
Best Receiver: Luis Bertran (PUR)
Best Libero: Jose Mendoza (MEX)

Year-by-Year Results

Year Gold  Silver Bronze
1998  CAN   DOM    USA
2000  CUB   PUR    USA
2002  CAN   PUR    USA
2004  CUB   USA    PUR
2006  CUB   USA    CAN
2008  CUB   CAN    USA
2010  USA   CAN    PUR
2012  USA   CAN    MEX

Overall Table of Medals

Country Gold   Silver  Bronze  Total
CUB       4  0  0  4
CAN       2  3  1  6
USA       2  2  4  8
PUR       0  2  2  4
DOM      0  1  0  1
MEX       0  0  1  1


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