USA Too Much for Trinidad & Tobago
Long Beach, California, May 7, 2012
– Host and defending Olympic Games champion United States
overwhelmed Trinidad & Tobago 25-9, 25-10, 25-14 on the opening
day of the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualification
Tournament on Monday at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif.
The winner of the eight-team tournament earns a spot in the 2012
Olympic Games volleyball competition.
David Lee paced the USA with 11 points and Matt Anderson added
nine points as nine different players scored in the match. Nolan
Tash and Marc Honore led Trinidad & Tobago with six and five
USA converted 33 of 49 attacks into points for a 67.3 spike
percent, in addition to a 12-0 margin in service aces. Rich
Lambourne produced 11 of the USA’s 20 digs in the match.
USA returns to Pool A action on Tuesday against Costa Rica at 8
p.m. Pacific Time, while Trinidad & Tobago challenges Mexico on
Tuesday at 3 p.m. Pacific Time.
“I thought our first match went well,” USA captain Clay Stanley
said. “We did a great job behind the service line. Our block was
good and it put a lot of pressure on Trinidad.”
“Our team played in spurts,” Trinidad & Tobago Coach Gideon
Dickson said. “We didn’t capitalize on any of the opportunities
given to us. The U.S. victory shows their experience and shows
the caliber of their players.”