United States Cruises by Costa Rica
Long Beach, California, May 8, 2012 – The United States
overwhelmed Costa Rica 25-14, 25-9, 25-9 to improve to 2-0 in
Pool A of the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualification
Tournament being held through May 12 at the Walter Pyramid in
Long Beach, Calif. Costa Rica falls to 0-2 in the tournament.
David McKienzie scored a match-high 10 points in starting just
the third set for USA. Clay Stanley scored eight points in two
sets, while Ryan Millar and Russell Holmes tallied seven points
each out of the middle blocker position. USA had eight players
collect at least five points with 10 players notching at least
one point. Richard Smith paced Costa Rica with eight points.
The USA held scoring advantages of 38-18 in attacks, 11-0 in
aces and 8-2 in blocks.
USA concludes Pool A on Wednesday against Mexico (2-0) at 20:00
in a battle of undefeated teams. The winner will advance
directly to the semifinal round on Friday, while the loser will
fall into the quarterfinal round on Thursday. Costa Rica will
seek its first win against Trinidad & Tobago (0-2) at 15:00.
Both teams need a victory to remain alive for the gold medal and
chance at the Olympic Games.
“As far as tonight, I thought our team controlled the game
behind the service line had a pretty nice control block giving
them pressure and having it hard to side out.” USA captain Clay
Stanley said. “As far as tomorrow, we want to keep doing what we
have been doing and keep our serves in, keep improving and get
ready for the next few matches coming up.”
“Our goal tonight was to have better reception of the ball and
improve our defense and there isn’t a better team to do that
against than the United States,” Costa Rica Coach Cesar Salas
said. “I am pretty happy about tonight. These kinds of
tournaments are very helpful for us. In Central America the
challenge isn’t so high so every point, set and match is very
important to us.”