Canada remains undefeated, advances to quarters at NORCECA junior men’s 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

Cuba defeated Puerto Rico 23-25, 27-25, 25-21, 25-14.

Canada defeated Dominican Republic 25-20, 25-14, 25-21

Highlights: http://blip.tv/play/gbsljZIejvZB%2Em4v

6 p.m. and 8 p.m. matches to be broadcast at http://ssncanada.ca/media/special_pages/volleyballcanada-live.html

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ROUND ROBIN MATCH REPORTS FOR AUGUST 18, 2010

Pool A  Canada (2-0) vs Dominican Republic (1-1)

August 18

Canada remains undefeated, advances to quarterfinals at NORCECA junior men’s volleyball championships

GATINEAU, Que. – Canada delivered an impressive 25-20, 25-14, 25-21 victory over the Dominican Republic on Wednesday to steam into the quarterfinals at the NORCECA junior men’s volleyball championships.

With the end of the round robin the playoff match-ups are set: Thursday’s quarterfinals see a Canada-Dominican rematch at 8 p.m. while the first quarterfinal pits Mexico against Puerto Rico at 6 p.m. All matches are at the Centre Sportif. The U.S., and Cuba get a bye to the semifinals on Friday.

Matthew Schriemer of Winnipeg led Canada with 13 points in its victory. Lukas Van Berkel of Edmonton added 10 and Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., eight. Canada places first in pool A with a 2-0 record while the Dominican is second at 1-1

 “Our game was really consistent today,” said Canada’s head coach Greg Barthel of Regina. “We blocked and served a lot better. We were less nervous and it showed in our execution.”

Canadian team captain, Tristan Aubry of Edmonton says the players are determined to make some big noise in this tournament. A top three finish here is worth a berth at the world junior championships next year.

“We want to take this tournament as far as we can,” said Aubry. “At this stage, we have some work to do but we showed what we can do when we play well. But the competition is only going to get tougher. It’s the best of the best now.”

Anuary Burgos Agramonte topped Dominican scoring with nine points.

“I am happy, our players gave everything they had,” said Dominican’s coach Osiel Vasquez Cancio. “We would have needed a perfect reception game to win today.”

Games open Thursday with consolation quarterfinals between Guatemala and St. Lucia at 1 p.m. followed by Martinique and Honduras at 3 p.m.

Pool B Cuba (3-0)  vs Puerto Rico (2-1)

August 18

Cuba finds its rhythm against Puerto Rico

GATINEAU- Cuban coach Roberto Garcia admitted his team got the wake-up call it needed in the first set as his squad defeated a very talented Puerto Rico team 23-25, 27-25, 25-21, 25-14 on Wednesday at the NORCECA men’s junior volleyball championships.

With the victory Cuba wins pool B with a 3-0 record and Puerto finishes second at 2-1. But clubs advance to the playoffs.

“The players didn’t follow the game plan in the first set,” said Garcia. “But we got it sorted out in the second set and we were able to follow our own game and we never looked back again.”

Lazaro Fundora Travieso led Cuban scoring with 18 points, Zamy Gomez Fernandez added 16 and team captain Jorge Carlos Rojas Taylor 13.

“We made tons of mistakes early on,” said Taylor. “But we improved and we attained our goal of playing better in each match.”

For Puerto Rico, leading scorers were Ricardo Archilla with 21 and Jorge Antonio Lopez with 17.

“We started very confident,” said Puerto Rico’s captain Ramon Burgos.  “Unfortunately our level wasn’t that high the whole game. But with that first set win we showed they are not unbeatable and that gives us confidence.”

 

Pool C USA (3-0) vs Mexico (1-2)

August 18

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)

August 18

Big win for Martinique at NORCECA Championships

GATINEAUMartinique 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)

August 18

 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 – Guatemala vs St. Lucia
15:00 Consolation Quarter Final – Martinique vs Honduras
18:00 Quarter Final – Puerto Rico vs Mexico
20:00 Quarter Final – Canada vs Dominican Republic

 

Friday, August 20
13:00 9th place match
15:00 7th place match
18:00 Semifinal
20:00 Semifinal

 

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

 (all matches at Centre Sportif, Gatineau)