2018 NORCECA U-21 Championships
In the span of about 2 days the NORCECA has updated the format of these U21 Chmpionships. Mexico is no longer participating in this edition of the tournament. With the tournament now consisting of 8 teams, they will be split into 2 pools of 4 instead of 3 pools of 3. The 1st place teams in each pool will qualify directly for the semifinals, and teams finishing 2nd or 3rd will move to the quarterfinals.
Match Results – Pool A
- Dominican Republic def. Barbados 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-18)
- Dominican Republic moves to 1-0; Barbados falls to 0-1
The Dominican Republic rode the arm of their captain, Bayron Pena, to a sweep over Barbados. Their captain led their team with 20 points on 16 kills, 1 block and 3 aces. He posted match-highs in both kills and aces while hitting .419. Their next-highest scorer, Junior Jairo, finished with 8 points on 6 kills and 2 blocks. Adalberto Perez set the Dominican Republic to a .212 hitting percentage.
Barbados got 14 kills from Akeel Oxley. The outside hitter also chipped in a block and hit .346. Akeil Williams, middle blocker, scored 11 points on 6 kills, 1 ace, and a match-high 4 blocks.
Match Results – Pool B
Canada got double-digit scoring from 3 different players in 3 different positions in their opening match on Monday. Xander Ketrzynski posted 13 points in the box score. The opposite led the match with 9 kills and 4 service aces. Middle blocker, Fynnian McCarthy also contributed 13 points in a winning effort. He led the match with 5 service aces in addition to his 2 blocks and 6 kills. Michael Dowhaniuk scored 12 points on 7 kills, 4 aces, and 1 block. Canada finished the match with a 40 -17 advantage in kills and a 15-3 advantage in service aces.
Philippe Jean was the only player from Haiti who produced double-digit points. His points came from 8 kills and 2 aces. Dimitri Edgar scored 6 points on 5 kills and 1 ace. Jospeh Orlando scored 3 points for Haiti on 2 kills and a block. Both Denilson Francois and Josmy Audate scored 1 point each.
Match Results – Pool B
- United States def. Nicaragua 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-15)
- United States starts at 1-0; Nicaragua falls to 0-1
The United States fought through a tough first set (in which they trailed on numerous occasions) and went on to cruise to an routine sweep of Nicaragua. Jaylen Jasper jumped out to make a quick impact. He averaged 6 points a set to finish as the match’s leading scorer with 18 points. The opposite from Stanford put away 15 kills, 2 blocks, and a service ace. His college teammate, J.P. Reilly, was right behind with 15 points on 12 kills, 2 blocks, and 1 ace.
Devin Joslyn led the match with 3 services aces to go along with 5 kills and 1 block on the outside. Captain Sam Lewis finished with a match-high 3 blocks in the middle. He also chipped in 6 kills to finish with 9 points. Kyler Presho had 8 points from the other middle blocker position on 5 kills, 2 blocks and a service ace. Blake Crisp did not get the start at setter, but came in during the first set to lead the team to a victory and a 43-27 advantage in kills.
Nicaragua did not have any players score in the double digits, but Jonny Zeledon led his team with 9 points on 8 kills and a block. Byron Hernandez was the next-highest producer for Nicaragua with 5 kills and 1 ace (his team’s only ace for the match). Diego Sandoval was right behind with 5 points on 5 kills.
Math Results – Pool A
Cuba opened the tournament with a very balanced attack. They used all 12 of the players on their roster with 10 of them scoring points. Jose Suarez led the way with 11 points on 8 kills, 1 block, and 2 aces. Julio Morales and Jose Gonzalez both contributed 10 points on the evening. Morales finished with 6 kills, 2 blocks, and 2 aces, while Gonzalez scored from 7 kills, 2 blocks, and 1 ace. Carlos Santana did not start any set for Cuba, but scored 6 points on 6 kills as a substitute.
Guatemala only received points from 3 of the players on their roster. Edgar Espina was their leading scorer with 7 points on 5 kills, 1 block, and 1 ace. Jason Hernandez de Leon was right behind with 6 points coming from 4 kills and 2 blocks. David Ixpata scored 5 points on 4 kills and 1 block. Guatemala did not score a point from an ace all match.
|Pool A||Wins||Losses||Points||Point Ratio|
|2. Dominican Rep.||1||0||5||1.25|
|Pool B||Wins||Losses||Points||Point Ratio|
|2. United States||1||0||5||1.415|