Aug. 20, 2010
GATINEAU, Quebec - The U.S. Men's Junior National Team advanced to the gold medal match of the NORCECA Men's Junior (under-21) Continental Championship with a 25-15, 25-23, 25-16 defeat of Puerto Rico in Friday's semifinal at the Centre-Sportif de Gatineau.
With the victory, the U.S. is also assured of a slot at the 2011 FIVB Men's Junior World Championships in Brazil, as the top three teams qualify.
The United States (4-0) will play either Canada (3-0) or Cuba (3-0) in Saturday's gold medal match at 5 p.m. PT. The match will be shown live online at ssncanada.ca.
Puerto Rico (3-2) is headed to the bronze medal match with a medal and the third and final berth for the Junior World Championship on the line.
"We executed our game plan to a tee in the first set," U.S. Men's Junior Head Coach John Hawks said. "I don't think we missed two serves. We kept consistent pressure on them. But we knew they would come back strong. I'm proud of our effort. We're qualified but we are not done."
Puerto Rico was coming off a two-hour marathon victory in the quarterfinal over Mexico on Thursday. But Head Coach Ramon Lawrence said fatigue wasn't a factor.
"We didn't get into the rhythm of the game, we didn't establish our block," Lawrence said. "The game last night didn't affect us."
The United States has won all four of its matches by sweeping the opponent.
2010 NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship Schedule
All times Pacific
Monday, Aug. 16
Pool A: Dominican Republic def. Guatemala, 25-22, 25-23, 25- 23
Pool B: Puerto Rico def. St. Lucia, 25-10, 25-13, 25-10
Pool B: Cuba vs. Honduras, 25-12, 25-19, 25-15
Pool C: Mexico def. Martinique, 25-15, 25-15, 25-16
Pool C: USA def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-9, 25-7, 25-10
Tuesday, Aug. 17
Pool A: Canada vs. Guatemala, 25-23, 25-14, 23-25, 26-24
Pool B: Cuba def. St. Lucia, 25-10, 25-10, 25-14
Pool B: Puerto Rico def. Honduras, 25-19, 25-13, 25-11
Pool C: Mexico def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-15, 25-13, 25-9
Pool C: USA def. Martinique, 25-14, 25-11, 25-11
Wednesday, Aug. 18
Pool A: Canada def. Dominican Republic, 25-20 25-14 25-21
Pool B: Honduras def. St. Lucia, 25-20, 25-14, 25-15
Pool B: Cuba def. Puerto Rico, 23-25 27-25 25-21 25-14
Pool C: Martinique def. Trinidad & Tobago, 25-12, 25-8, 25-20
Pool C: USA def. Mexico, 25-22, 25-19, 25-19
Thursday, Aug. 19
Consolation Quarterfinal: Guatemala def. St. Lucia, 25-12, 25-9, 25-10
Consolation Quarterfinal: Honduras def. Martinique, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21
Quarterfinal: Puerto Rico def. Mexico, 23-25, 21-25, 26-24, 25-21, 15-7
Quarterfinal: Canada def. Dominican Republic, 25-19, 25-15, 25-19
Friday, Aug. 20
9th-place match: Martinique def. St. Lucia 25-17, 25-19, 25-17
7th-place match: Guatemala def. Honduras, 25-21, 25-21, 27-25
Semifinal: USA def. Puerto Rico, 25-15, 25-23, 25-16
Semifinal: Cuba vs. Canada, 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 21
10th-place match: Trinidad & Tobago vs. TBD, 10 a.m.
5th-place match: Mexico vs. Dominican Republic, 12 p.m.
Bronze medal match: Puerto Rico vs. TBD, 3 p.m.
Gold medal match: USA vs. TBD, 5 p.m.
Story courtesy of usavolleyball.org.
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