USA Wins NORCECA
Gold for the First Time Since 2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va., USA (Sept. 10,
2023) – The United States took the gold medal at the NORCECA Men’s
Continental Championship for the first time since 2017 when it beat
Canada 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-22) on Sunday at the Charleston Coliseum
and Convention Center.
The United States finished the
tournament undefeated at 5-0. Canada (3-1) took the silver medal.
The U.S. led the match in attacks
(44-31) and blocks (5-3) and scored 23 points on Canada’s errors while
committing 18. Canada held the edge in aces (4-3).
U.S. opposite Matt Anderson led all
scorers with 16 points on 12 attacks, two blocks and two aces. Outside
hitter Thomas Jaeschke added 12 points on 12 attacks. Aaron Russell
totaled 11 points on nine attacks, one block an one ace.
Outside hitter Stephen Maar paced
Canada with 12 points on 10 attacks, one block and one ace.
U.S. Head Coach John Speraw: “I
thought we served the ball quite well and put a lot of pressure on them.
Conversely, I think they are a team that can serve really well. They
probably had more errors than they had on Saturday. But when they ripped
it, we did a great job of passing. Besides the first few points of the
first set when they got some aces, I thought we did a really good job of
Canada Head Coach Tuomas Sammelvuo: “I
think we need a little time to analyze. We were in the final, which is
good. Today, USA was very strong. But we could have done a lot better.
We lost the game in service and passing. In that game inside the game,
USA was better. But they were not receiving so great. We couldn’t stop
the speed of their offense and we were struggling with our attacking….
We’ll analyze this tournament, get back to work and get ready for the
Olympic qualification. I want to thank all the players and the staff
members. They gave their very best for this tournament. Thanks for the
organization of the tournament.”