United States earn spot in men’s Pool O Final
Colorado Springs, United States, May 16, 2014 – The United States used balanced scoring to dominate Guatemala 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-16) Friday evening to improve to 2-0 in the Men’s NORCECA World Championship Qualification Third-Round Pool O Tournament being held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
With the victory, the Americans earned a spot into Sunday’s gold-medal match with a trip to the 2014 FIVB World Championship going to the winner.
Russell Holmes scored 14 points to lead a quartet of Americans in double-digit scoring. Aaron Russell added 12 points, while Murphy Troy and Sean Rooney tacked on 10 points. Guatemala’s Jeyson Nery led his squad with seven points.
The U.S. out-blocked Guatemala 8-2 and held a 5-3 ace advantage. The Americans limited their errors to 13 for the match.
“Everyone on this team is working so hard all the time and that’s what we take pride in as a team,” U.S. Captain Sean Rooney stated.
In the other match of the day, Haiti downed St. Lucia 3-1 (12-25, 25-23, 25-19, 30-28) to even their record at 1-1 in the pool.
Ernson Moise ignited the Haiti offense with 18 points, while Ralph Adloph added 16 points. Volvick Dupuy Senel contributed 10 points in the victory.
Julian Bissette paced St. Lucia with 27 points, while Joseph Clercent contributed 20 points and Jason Octave 11 points.