Day two recap - Canada wins opening match at NORCECA Championships


Quick recap for August 17, 2010

Mexico defeated Trinidad and Tobago 25-15, 25-13, 25-9

 Cuba defeated St. Lucia 25-10, 25-10, 25-14

Puerto Rico defeated Honduras 25-19, 25-13, 25-11

USA defeated Martinique 25-14, 25-11, 25-11

Canada defeated Guatemala 25-23, 25-14, 23-25, 26-24


6 p.m. and 8 p.m. matches to be broadcast at



Pool A Canada (1-0) vs Guatemala (0-2)

August 17, 2010

Canada defeats Guatemala in opening match at NORCECA Championships

GATINEAU – Braden Schmidt of Winton, Alta., scored match point on a service ace as Canada defeated Guatemala 25-23, 25-14, 23-25, 26-24 on Tuesday in its opening match at the NORCECA junior men’s volleyball championships.

Schmidt, who scored 11 points in the match, finished off the fourth set with two solid serves. He gave Canada a 25-24 lead in the fourth with a serve that was fumbled around by the Guatemalan defence before delivering his ace. 

“It wasn’t our best game for sure,” said Canada’s head coach Greg Barthel of Regina. “We were definitely quite happy with the win but we need to improve our play if we plan to go far in this tournament. We were tentative and made too many errors from the service line.”

“It was our first international game and you could tell at times,” added Canadian team captain Tristan Aubry of Edmonton. “We’ll talk it through tonight but we definitely have some things we need to work on.”

Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., led Canada in scoring with 14 points while Lukas Van Berkel of Edmonton added 12 and Kevin Stevens of Hamilton 10.

For Guatemala, Jeyson Fernando Nery Flores had 26 points and Luis Agosto Garcia Bettancourt 18.

Canada has a very strong team,” said Guatemala’s coach William Fernandez Pizat. “It hurts to lose especially when we fought so hard during the game. But Canada always seemed to step it up late in each set.”

“Our confidence was very high,” said Flores. “We came to play with our hearts. The Canadian team was very tall but we were expecting to win.”

The Guatemalans drop to 0-2 in round robin play.

Pool C USA (2-0) vs Martinique (0-2)

August 17

USA on the ball at NORCECA Championships

GATINEAU- The United States smoothed itself out after a bumpy start at the NORCECA men’s junior volleyball championships on Tuesday with a 25-14, 25-11, 25-11 victory over Martinique.

For the second straight match, the U.S., points list was well spread out with 11 of the 12 players participating in the scoring. Joshua Taylor was the only one to hit double digits with 10. Taylor Crabb added nine

“I thought we weren’t that crisp early on,” said U.S., head coach John Hawks. “We missed some serves and we weren’t executing at the net.  But I give our guys credit for their resiliency. I thought that they battled hard and we got back on track with a nice run of points.”

The U.S., and Mexico (both 2-0) will battle Wednesday for first place in pool C

“We know it’s going to be a lot tougher and we are going to have to go out with a lot more fire than we did tonight,” said American captain Dylan Davis, who chipped in seven points. “That was not our best volleyball and we all know that.”

For Martinique (0-2) they provided a spirited effort. It is their first ever participation at this tournament.

“Our players were a bit intimidated in the first set,” said Martinique head coach Eddy Salomon. “But they realized they had nothing to lose in this match and started to relax. When you play a team like the U.S., you need to keep it simple and play to the best of your abilities.”

“It’s a challenge but also a pleasure to play the U.S.,” said Martinique captain Geoffrey Zozor. “We had a strong run in the first set and that feeling is what I’ll remember most about this match.”

Boris Zeline was the top scorer for Martinique with four points.

Pool B: Puerto Rico (2-0) vs Honduras (0-2)

Cuba and Puerto Rico to showdown for first place in pool B

August 17, 2010

GATINEAU -Jorge Antonio Lopez and Christian Rivera scored 11 points each to lead Puerto Rico to a 25-19, 25-13, 25-11 victory over Honduras on Tuesday at the NORCECA junior men’s volleyball championships.

“We’re happy to get the win but we could have played better,” said Puerto Rico’s head coach Ramon Lawrence whose squad is 2-0. “We made many mistakes blocking but we expect to be more focused for our game against Cuba.”

Puerto Rico team captain Ramon Burgos said the players weren’t thinking ahead during their match.

“We tried to focus on today’s game solely,” said Burgos. “Now we can focus on Cuba and we are really looking forward to it.”

Honduras, 0-2, produced a decent first set but fell apart afterwards. Both the coach and team captain wanted the sets to be closer.

“Puerto is a great team and one of the favourites,” said Honduras head coach Carlos Randolfo Funez. “Our players had trouble receiving their serve and we just didn’t find our game today."

“We expected more but it’s a great competition here,” said Honduras team captain Josue Carbajal Vargas. “I knew were facing two great teams but I thought we’d make more of an impact in those matches.”

Vargas and Jose Elias Barahona Diaz were Honduras’s top scorers with five points each.

Pool B: Cuba (2-0) vs St-Lucia (0-2)

August 17, 2010

Cuba shows muscle against St. Lucia

GATINEAU, Que. – Hard-hitting Cuba came out much stronger today at the NORCECA junior men’s volleyball championships defeating a spirited St-Lucia squad 25-10, 25-10, 25-14.

Cuban captain Jorge Carlos Rojas Taylor led all scorers with 17 points while Alejandro Beldarrain Chapotin added 16 and Jorge Gonzalez Garcia 10. The Cubans are now 2-0 in pool B round robin play.

“We played better today but we are expecting more from our players,” said Cuba’s head coach Garcia Garcia Roberto. “St.Lucia played very well and they have a potentially great player in Julian Bissette. It’s good to see the development of Caribbean volleyball.”

“We are getting ready,” said Taylor. “We know the next games are going to be harder and we are going to have to fight hard on the court. We will be more aggressive.”

Bissette sparkled on the court scoring 10 points for St. Lucia which falls to 0-2. St. Lucia is competing for the first time at this tournament.

Pool C: Mexico (2-0) vs Trinidad and Tobago (0-2)

August 17, 2010

Mexico in driver’s seat for playoff berth after win over Trinidad and Tobago

GATINEAU, Que. – Mexico gained a stranglehold on a playoff berth at the NORCECA junior men’s volleyball championships on Tuesday with a 25-15, 25-13, 25-9 victory over  winless Trinidad and Tobago.

Ricardo Galindo led the Mexicans with 10 points while Jose Mendoza and Jorge Cabrera added eight each. With the victory, Mexico has a 2-0 record in round robin play in pool C.

“We have been playing well but we can still improve our game,” said Mexico’s head coach Francisco Javier Jimenez Espitia. “Our goal here is to be one of the top teams and we can’t be totally satisfied with our playing so far.”

“The players are getting into rhythm and feeling better everyday,” said Mexico’s team captain Jorge Barajas. “We have a very strong opponent tomorrow (USA) and we expect to be in our best condition for this match.”

For Trinidad and Tobago (0-2) this tournament is about gaining some more valuable international experience.

“Our team played fair today in comparison to what I know they could do,” said Trinidad and Tobago’s head coach Gideon Dickson. “We lack experience at this level and it particularly showed in the third set.”

“We showed a lot of improvement today and the support that was lacking yesterday was there today,” said Akim Bushe who notched five points for Trinidad and Tobago. “The game is a lot faster at this level and we just want to better again in our next match.”

Brandon Legall led Trinidad and Tobago in scoring with six points.

Upcoming schedule


Wednesday, August 18
11:00 Honduras vs St. Lucia
13:00 Trinidad & Tobago vs Martinique
15:00 USA vs Mexico
18:00 Cuba vs Puerto Rico
20:00 Canada vs. Dominican Rep.


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
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)