USA worlds-bound after winning U21 NORCECA Men's gold

 

USA earned the only ticket available at NORCECA U21 Men's Continental Championship towards next year's Age Group World Championship

Gatineau, Canada, July 10, 2016 - Team USA's finesse won the day against Cuba's power, and the Americans are World Championship-bound by virtue of a 3-1 (25-17, 29-27, 19-25, 25-22) gold-medal game victory at the U21 NORCECA Men's Continental Championship on Sunday.

Kyle Ensing was top shot with 20 points, while Jordan Ewert added 19. Jose Carlos Romero paced Cuba with 19 points, while the outside-hitter combo of Gutierrez and Miguel Lopez each had 14. 

“One of the things that we took pride in when we started training was we were not going to let anyone outwork us,” USA coach Jay Hosack said. “That second game was the deciding factor. After that they started making more errors. I could not be more proud of the way they played tonight.

 “Cuba's a very good team, very strong,” Hosack added. “I would not be surprised if they were at worlds next year with an at-large berth. When you see teams like that for the whole week, they can bring some heat. I thought we took some of their swings away with our blocking schemes.”

Canada earned the bronze medal after defeating Guatemala 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-19) on Sunday. 

Sharone Vernon-Evans had a match-high 13 points to help Canada, whose World Championship qualification hopes were dashed by their semifinal loss to Team USA on Saturday. They won in front of an enthusiastic host nation crowd at Centre Sportif de Gatineau.

Canada also received 12 points from Taryq Sani and nine from Matthew Mawdsley. Guatemala's top shots were Carlos Lopez with eight points and Erik Flores with seven.

Preliminary Round
United States d Barbados 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-16) on July 5
Cuba d Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 (25-15, 25-6, 25-16) on July 5
Canada d Guatemala 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-15) on July 5

Barbados d St Vincent 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-17) on July 6
Cuba v Guatemala 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-10) on July 6
Canada d Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 (25-19, 25-9, 25-18) on July 6

United States d St Vincent 3-0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-10) on July 7
Guatemala d Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 (25-21, 25-12, 25-17) on July 7
Cuba d Canada 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-16) on July 7

Quarterfinals
Canada d St Vincent 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-10) on July 8
Guatemala d Barbados 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-21, 25-23) on July 8

Fifth Place
Barbados d St Vincent 3-1 (25-17, 26-24, 23-25, 25-18) on July 9

Semifinals
Cuba d Guatemala 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-17) on July 9
United States d Canada 3-0 (25-9, 26-24, 25-21) on July 9

Positions 6-7
St Vincent d Trinidad & Tobago 3-1 (24-26, 25-19, 25-19, 25-21) on July 10

Bronze Medal Match
Canada d Guatemala 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-19) on July 10

Gold Medal Match
United States d Cuba 3-1 (25-17, 29-27, 19-25, 25-22) on July 10

Final Positions:
1. United States
2. Cuba
3. Canada
4. Guatemala
5. Barbados
6. St. Vincent
7. Trinidad & Tobago

All-Star Team
MVP: Joshua Tuaniga, United States
Setter: Joshua Tuaniga, United States
1st Outside Hitter: Jordan Ewert, United States
2nd Outside Hitter: Miguel Gutierrez, Cuba
1st Middle-Blocker: Marcus Thomas, St Vincent
2nd Middle-Blocker: Roamy Alonso, Cuba
Opposite Player: Erik Flores, Guatemala
Libero: Jordan Pereira, Canada
Best Server: Miguel Gutierrez, Cuba
Best Receiver: Jordan Pereira, Canada
Best Digger: Jordan Pereira, Canada
Best Scorer: Erik Flores, Guatemala

Best Scorers
72- Erik Flores, Guatemala
69- Miguel Lopez, Cuba
69- Marlon Phillip, Trinidad & Tobago
66- Miguel Gutierrez, Cuba
65- Jose Romero, Cuba
57- Ronaldo Franklyn, St. Vincent
57- Sharone Vernon-Evans, Canada
53- Eric Loeppky, Canada
51- Carlos Cyrus, Barbados
49- Asmond Franklyn, St. Vincent

Most Total Blocks
12- Marcus Thomas, St. Vincent
10- Roamy Alonso, Cuba
8-   Adam Niles, Barbados
8-   Livan Taboada, Cuba

Most Total Aces
18- Miguel Gutierrez, Cuba
13- Jose Romero, Cuba
11- Miguel Lopez, Cuba
8-   Adam Niles, Barbados
8-   Eric Loeppky, Canada

Top Scorer by Day
17- Miguel Lopez of Cuba v Trinidad & Tobago on 5-7-16
14- Ed Loeppky of Canada v Trinidad & Tobago on 6-7-16
17- Miguel Gutierrez of Cuba v Canada on 7-7-16
19- Erik Flores of Guatemala v Barbados on 8-7-16
18- Erik Flores of Guatemala v Cuba on 9-7-16
31- Marlon Phillip of Trinidad & Tobago v St. Vincent on 10-7-16

Best Scoring Performances
31- Marlon Phillip of Trinidad & Tobago v St. Vincent on 10-7-16
20- Ronaldo Franklyn of St. Vincent v Trinidad & Tobago on 10-7-16
20- Kyle Ensing of United States v Cuba on 10-7-16
19- Jordan Ewert of United States v Cuba on 10-7-16
19- Jose Romero of Cuba v United States on 10-7-16

Top Blocking Performances
7- Adam Niles of Barbados v Guatemala on 8-7-16
5- Marcus Thomas of St Vincent v Barbados on 9-7-16
4- Kyle Ensing of United States v Cuba on 10-7-16

Top Serving Performances
6- Miguel López of Cuba v Guatemala on 6-7-16
6- Miguel Gutierrez of Cuba v Guatemala on 9-7-16
5- Adam Niles of Barbados v Guatemala on 8-7-16

Top Team-Blocking Performances
13- Barbados v Guatemala on 8-7-16
10- St Vincent v Barbados on 9-7-16
10- Cuba v Guatemala on 9-7-16

Top Team-Serving Performances
13- Cuba v Guatemala on 6-7-16
11- Canada v Guatemala on 5-7-16
11- United States v St Vincent on 7-7-16
11- Canada v Guatemala on 10-7-16
10- Barbados v St Vincent on 9-7-16
10- Cuba v Guatemala on 9-7-16

Highest Scoring Sets
29-27 United States v Cuba (2nd Set) on 10-7-16
26-24 Barbados v St Vincent (2nd Set) on 9-7-16
26-24 United States v Canada (2nd Set) on 9-7-16
26-24 Trinidad & Tobago v St Vincent (1st Set) on 10-7-16

Highest Scoring Matches
189- United States d Cuba 3-1 (25-17, 29-27, 19-25, 25-22) on 10-7-16
184- Guatemala d Barbados 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-21, 25-23) on 8-7-16
183- Barbados d St Vincent 3-1 (25-17, 26-24, 23-25, 25-18) on 9-7-16

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