Canada/Mexico Advance Straight To Semis, USA To Quarterfinals

  0 Carly DeMarque | September 29th, 2017 | Canadian Volleyball, International Volleyball, News, NORCECA volleyball, U.S. Men's National Team


The final day of pool play has concluded at the 2017 NORCECA Men’s World Qualifier. Canada and Mexico finished their play with a high enough point ratio to advance directly to the semifinals on Saturday evening while Team USA will have to fight through Costa Rica on Friday during the quarterfinal stage.

The top three teams in the tournament will earn their bids to the 2018 World Championships.

Group A

  • USA def. Dominican Republic 3-0, (25-17, 25-21, 25-10)

Despite Team USA winning Group A, they will have to battle it out against Costa Rica in the quarterfinals to forge their way into the semifinals. The Americans had the lowest point differential out of the three pools which forced them into quarterfinal play. The winner of Team USA and Costa Rica will face off against Canada in the semifinals.

The Americans led the Dominican Republic in kills (33-21), blocks (12-4) and aces (10-1).

Thomas Jaeschke led all scorers with 14 points on 10 kills and four blocks while Taylor Sander added another 12 with seven kills and five aces. Mitch Stahl made his debut with the Men’s National Team and contributed 10 points on five kills, four blocks and one ace. For the Dominican Republic, Wilfrido Hernandez put down seven points.

Group B

  • Canada def. Trinidad and Tobago 3-0, (25-21, 25-12, 25-10)

Canada concluded pool play with a 2-0 record, with a point ratio high enough to send them straight to the semifinals. The Canadians had no troubles fighting their way past Trinidad and Tobago in straight sets to complete the feat.

The first set was a tougher battle for the Canadian side while the remaining two were an easy finish. Canada led in aces (10-2), blocks (7-3) and kills (39-23).

Nick Hoag led the Canadian front with 16 points on 11 kills, four aces and one block while Sharone Vernon-Evans added another 15 points including a match-best four blocks. For Trinidad and Tobago, Ryan Stewart led the way with nine points.

Group C

  • Martinique def. St. Vincent 3-0, (25-10, 25-14, 25-20)

Martinique claimed their first victory of the competition over St. Vincent in straight sets. The two teams will now move onto the classification rounds of the competition, where they will face off against each other once again.

John Breleur led Martinique with 12 points, including six aces. Gregory Alpha and Rodrigue Larcher added another seven points in the victory. For St. Vincent, Ronaldo Franklyn and Asmond Franklyn each tallied seven points in the loss.

  • Mexico def. Costa Rica 3-0, (25-19, 25-16, 25-10)

In a battle of unbeaten teams in the tournament, Mexico flew through Costa Rica in three sets to claim an undefeated record. The win set the Mexican crew straight into the semifinal round on Saturday after winning Pool C and a high enough points ratio to bypass the quarterfinals.

Mexico led in all major statistical categories – aces (13-0), blocks (11-3) and kills (34-15).

The team was led by Jorge Barajas with 14 points including six aces and three blocks. Daniel Vargas added another 14 points in the win. For Costa Rica, Alberto Blanco led the front with eight points.

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Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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