Sept. 25, 2013, Langley, BC – The second day of the 2013 NORCECA Men’s Volleyball Continental Championships was filled with match ups that were much closer than day one. Canada enjoyed a rest day as they prepare for their second match against Mexico Wednesday at 8pm at the Langley Events Centre.
With Cuba dropping a set to Puerto Rico in day two action, it’s opened up the door for Canada as a three sets to nothing victory over Mexico tomorrow would guarantee a bye to the semi-finals. Mexico is coming off a 3-0 win over Guatemala in their first taste of play at the 2013 NORCECAs and will be looking to spoil the party for Canada.
The action gets started again at 4pm with Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, followed by the Dominican Republic and St Lucia at 6pm, and finally Canada will take on Mexico at 8pm. Wednesday night (September 25th) will be the last day of pool play, as the outcomes will determine the final placing for each team heading into the playoff rounds.
Due to high demand additional reserved seating has been opened up for the rest of the 2013 NORCECA Men’s Volleyball Continental Championship at the Langley Events Centre. Just go to: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Norceca-Mens-Volleyball-Continental-Championships-tickets/artist/1865380
For a complete schedule, webcast links and details on the tournament visit http://www.langleyeventscentre.com/continentalvolleyball
MEXICO 3-0 GUATEMALA (25-18, 25-14, 25-23)
Mexico began their play in the 2013 NORCECA’s with a victory over Guatemala in three sets (25-18, 25-14, 25-23). Daniel Vargas of Mexico was the top scorer of the match with 13 points (3 aces). Jesus Valdemar Valdes finished with 12 and Tomás Aguilera scored 11. Jose Alfredo Gonzalez topped with 10 for Guatemala while Jeyson Nery recorded 8.
CUBA 3-1 PUERTO RICO (25-17, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22)
Cuba defeated Puerto Rico in one of the classical battles of the Caribbean. The score was 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22). Rolando Cepeda was the top scorer of the match with 26 tallies for the Cuban unit that is now 2-0 at the Norceca Men’s Continental Championship. Along with Cepeda, who had 3 aces, Javier Ernesto Jiménez registered 16 points (2 aces) and Danger Quintana scored 10. On the Puerto Rican side, Ezequiel Cruz had 14 points while Roberto Muñiz and captain Enrique Escalante closed with 12 apiece.
USA 3-0 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (25-19, 25-17, 25-9)
The United States clinched its second victory after a solid performance against Dominican Republic, particularly in the third set. The score was 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-9). The team coached by John Speraw had William Priddy as the best scorer with 15 points. Matthew Anderson and Maxwell Holt finished with 10 points apiece. For the Dominican team Henry Tapia closed with 10 and Captain Wilfrido Hernandez with 8.