Afternoon wrap- day 3 NORCECA men’s junior volleyball championships
Quick recap for August 18, 2010
Honduras defeated St. Lucia 25-20, 25-14, 25-15
Martinique defeated Trinidad and Tobago 25-12, 25-8, 25-20
USA defeated Mexico 25-22, 25-19, 25-19
6 p.m. Cuba vs Puerto Rico
8 p.m. Canada vs Dominican Republic
6 p.m. and 8 p.m. matches to be broadcast at http://ssncanada.ca/media/special_pages/volleyballcanada-live.html
ROUND ROBIN MATCH REPORTS FOR AUGUST 18, 2010
Pool C USA (3-0) vs Mexico (1-2)
USA shows strength against determined Mexico team
GATINEAU – The United States once again showed it can be down at times but never out as they defeated Mexico 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 at the NORCECA junior men’s volleyball championships at the Centre-Sportif de Gatineau.
‘’We didn’t start out each set very well,’’ said U.S. head coach John Hawks. ‘’But I got to give our guys a lot of credit. We made the necessary plays to get us going. Still we knew we were going to play a very strong opponent in Mexico. It was a big test for us.’’
Taylor Crabb led the Americans in scoring with 13 points, Maurice Torres added 12 and Taylor Sander 11. The Americans finish first in pool C with a 3-0 record.
‘’We were really surprised with how much fire they came out with,’’ said U.S., captain Dylan Davis. ‘’We were not expecting that and it caught off us guard. But we came back and fought through it.’’
Mexico finishes 2-1 and advances to the quarterfinals. Juan Revualta was the top Mexican scorer with a game high 14 points.
‘’The team did their best and they were really trying,’’ said Mexico’s head coach Francisco Javier Jimenez Espitia. ‘’But things didn’t work out. The U.S., were very well prepared and they are a very strong team.’’
‘’We played to the best of our abilities and this game is going to help us in the playoffs,’’ said Mexico’s captain Jorge Barajas.
Pool C Trinidad and Tobago (0-3) vs Martinique (1-2)
Big win for Martinique at NORCECA Championships
GATINEAU – Martinique won the battle for third spot in pool C at the NORCECA junior men’s volleyball championships on Wednesday defeating Trinidad and Tobago 25-12, 25-8, 25-20
“I’m super happy,” said Martinique head coach Eddie Salomon. “Not only did we play well but we also maintained a good point spread which could very important for us for the consolation quarterfinal rankings. We were consistent”
Martinique (1-2) had lost its first two matches to the U.S., and Mexico. Jordi Eniona and Boris Zeline scored nine points each for the winners.
“It feels great to get a win after two lopsided losses,” said Zeline. “We clearly learned from those two matches.”
It was a disappointing performance for Trinidad and Tobago (0-3). Their top scorers were Kazeem Khan and Bernard Renaud with four points each.
“Very disappointed,” said Trinidad and Tobago captain Akim Bushe. “We really needed to win this game but we couldn’t find any rhythm. They didn’t surprise us because we had played them in qualifying and we knew of their capabilities.”
Pool B Honduras (1-2) vs St. Lucia (0-3)
Honduras tastes victory at NORCECA Championships
GATINEAU, Que. – Honduras earned its first victory at the NORCECA junior men’s volleyball championships on Wednesday defeating first-time participant St. Lucia 25-20, 25-14, 25-15.
Josue Carbajal Vargas led the Honduras attack with 13 points. Jose Elias Barahona Diaz added eight for the Hondurans who complete the round at 1-2 for third place in pool B. They will advance to the consolation quarterfinal and battle for seventh place.
“We feel really good and proud of everyone and we dedicate the win to Honduras,” said Vargas. “Our concentration was the key. We played very smart and unified.”
“The guys upped their game today and that’s why we won,” said Honduras’ coach Carlos Funez. “Our reception was excellent and we were able to make excellent plays.”
For St.Lucia they continued to play with great spirit and delivered a particularly strong first set. They finish the round robin at 0-3.
“It was bit frustrating at times,” said St. Lucia’s 28-year-old head coach Ryan Germain. “Our blocking elements lacked a lot of composure but our serve and attacks in the middle were definitely there. But the general objective is to come here for the experience and see the level we aspire to get to. In that situation we win no matter what.”
Many coaches are lauding the play of St. Lucia’s Julian Bissette.
“He is a prolific attacker and blocker,” said Germain. “He’s young and only been plying for three years so there are areas he needs to improve. We hope a lot to come out of him and he’ll be a key to our future.”
Thursday, August 19
13:00 Consolation Quarter Final
15:00 Consolation Quarter Final
18:00 Quarter Final
20:00 Quarter Final
Friday, August 20
13:00 9th place match
15:00 7th place match
Saturday, August 21
13:00 10th place match
15 :00 5th place match
18:00 Bronze medal match
20:00 Gold medal match
20:00 Gold medal match