United States Blocks Mexico to Take NORCECA Pool A Title
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA (Aug. 29, 2012) – United States
notched 13 blocks in a 25-18, 25-18, 25-20 victory over Mexico
to win Pool A of the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental
Championship on Wednesday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Training
Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
winning the pool, United States (3-0) advances directly to
Friday’s semifinal round and Mexico (2-1) will challenge Pool
B’s third-place team, Guatemala, in a quarterfinal match on
Thursday at 17:30.
United States was led by Benjamin Patch with 14 points, while
Douglas White added 12 points.
Sergio Perez notched 10 points in leading Mexico and teammate
Roberto Rincon came off the bench to contribute seven points.
United States possessed a 13-1 block advantage in the match and
produced a 41-29 attack point margin. The USA, which converted
47.7 percent of its attacks, overcame 25 errors in the match.
United States led 12-5 midway through the opening set and held
firm for a 25-18, using five blocks and benefiting from nine
Mexico errors. In a close second set, USA scored three
unanswered points to break open to an 18-13 lead and finished
the set at 25-18 on a block. The U.S. used a 7-1 scoring run to
grab an 8-3 advantage in the third set. Mexico closed to 15-12,
but not get any closer with the USA winning 25-20.
“Congratulations to Mexico for a hard fought match,” United
States captain Micah Christenson said. “Going into the match we
knew Mexico would be a crafty opponent. For the semifinals, we
will prepare the same way by focusing on us first and working on
the scouting report.”
thought it was a well-played match by both teams,” United States
head coach Peter Hanson said. “Mexico did some things tonight
that we had not seen other opponents do. They run a diverse
offense with combinations. We were able to settle into the match
and have patience on our side of the net. Mexico played with
lots of energy and it was a fun match.”
couldn’t control the great service of the USA team, so we could
not make all our combination plays” Mexico head coach Justo
Arias said. “We need to practice more on our block as USA hit
“Congratulations to USA,” Mexico captain Jonathan Ponce said.
“It was a great match. USA is taller than us and we wanted to
use our combinations to get more points. We gave all we had on
the court. This morning we talked about how this would be like a
final for us.
We hope to face USA later.”