States Blocks Honduras in NORCECA Opener
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA (Aug. 27, 2012) –
The United States opened its title defense of the NORCECA Men’s
Junior Continental Championship with a 25-12, 25-12, 25-16
victory over Honduras Monday evening at the U.S. Olympic
Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Gregory Petty paced the United States with 13
points including four aces, while Matthew Tarantino added nine
points in just two sets of play. Seven Americans tallied a
block, while seven different players scored at least one ace and
11 of the 12 Americans scored at least one point.
Jose Vasquez led Honduras with five points and
Alex Padilla added three points. Honduras had eight different
players reach the scoring column.
The United States produced an 13-0 service ace
margin and out-blocked Honduras 11-5. Honduras limited its
errors to 12 for the match, compared to 22 of the USA.
The United States built an early 10-2 lead in the
opening set and pushed to a 25-12 victory as the Americans
tallied five blocks and four aces. In the second set, USA raced
to an 8-1 advantage at the first technical timeout and cruised
to a 25-12 victory. Honduras scored the first two points of the
third set, only to have the U.S. rattled off four straight
points for a 5-3 lead sparking the Americans to a 25-16 victory.
United States hosts St. Vincent and the
Grenadines in a Pool A match on Tuesday evening at 17:30, while
Honduras resumes against Mexico at 13:00.
“We would like to congratulate the Honduras
team,” United States head coach Peter Hanson said. “Honduras
played with great energy. On our side we were focused and were
able to get all 12 players into the match.”
“Coming into the match, we knew Honduras was an
athletic team that had the potential to hit hard,” United States
captain Micah Christenson said. “We wanted to concentrate on our
side of the net, working on our block and refining our game.”
“We knew it would be tough tonight with the
height of the United States players,” Honduras captain Ricardo
Vasquez said. “We wanted to compensate for the height difference
with our reception and try to defend every ball that we could.”
“The USA’s serve was hard and that was the major
difference,” Honduras head coach Rony Martinez said. “Their team
has height with a good block, and that complicated our attack.
We want to congratulate the USA and wish them well in the