NORCECA U19 Boys’ Continental Championship: Cuba Downs USA; On to the Quarters

2018 NORCECA U19 BOYS’ CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP

  • June 6-10, 2018
  • San Jose, Costa Rica | Gimnasio Nacional
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The 2018 NORCECA U19 Boys’ Continental Championship began in Costa Rica featuring a seven-team field. Cuba will be looking to defend their crown while the United States is trying to win the tournament off of American soil for the first time. In total, two tickets to the age-group related 2019 FIVB World Championship will be punched in the event.

All matches can be viewed 

FORMAT:

  • What’s on the line?
    • The top two teams will earn a bid to the 2019 FIVB U19 Boys’ World Championship
  • The seven teams are distributed into two pools – one featuring 3 teams with the other holding 4
  • The top three ranked teams in each pool will advance to the quarterfinals on June 9
    • 2nd in Pool A vs. 3rd in Pool B; 3rd in Pool A vs. 2nd in Pool B
      • Winners advance to the semifinals against the pool victors
    • That will be followed by a First and Third-Place match

STANDINGS:

Rk
Code
Country
Points
Matches Results Details Points Sets
T Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1 PUR PUERTO RICO 10 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 150 84 1.786 6 0 MAX
2 CRC COSTA RICA 4 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 141 160 0.881 3 4 0.75
3 NCA NICARAGUA 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 128 175 0.731 1 6 0.167
1 CUB CUBA 15 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 228 136 1.676 9 0 MAX
2 USA UNITED STATES 10 3 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 214 178 1.202 6 3 2
3 GUA GUATEMALA 4 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 196 225 0.871 3 7 0.429
4 HON HONDURAS 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 149 248 0.601 1 9 0.111

Note: Order of teams determined in this order: W-L, points, point ratio, set ratio, head-to-head. Points for W-L’s will be as follows:

  • 3-0 win = 5 points
  • 3-1 win = 4 points
  • 3-2 win = 3 points
  • 2-3 loss = 2 points
  • 1-3 loss = 1 point
  • 0-3 loss = 0 points
  • Forfeit = 0 points (and 0-75 in points for match)

RESULTS:

Group A:

PUERTO RICO DEF. COSTA RICA 3-0

  • Puerto Rico Def. Costa Rica 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-12)
  • Puerto Rico improves to 2-0 (10 points); Costa Rica falls to 1-1 (4 points)

The buzz may have been on the de facto title for Group B, but Group A had one as well. Despite being the home team, Costa Rica was swept in the match by Puerto Rico, rounding out the order of teams in the pool. At 2-0, Puerto Rico looks to be a legit contender after outscoring their two group opponents by a combined 150-84.

The Puerto Rican defense stifled Costa Rica to just 12 kills while they posted 40. Part of that was a strong serve that notched a 6-0 edge in aces. While 11 different Puerto Rican players got on the score board, including 10 at three or more points, they saw exceptional outings from Sebastian Negron (10 points) and Wilmer Hernandez (eight points).

Puerto Rico captain Wilmer Hernandez: “We haven’t reached our goal to qualify for the world championship. My team did a good job in every aspect of the game, our execution was almost perfect. We are prepared to face United States in semifinals, it will be demanding.”

Costa Rica captain Juan Diego Arrieta: “Facing opponents like Puerto Rico makes you realize that there is a lot to work on; they were aggressive in spikes and very intelligent. We scored some good points, but they blocked us well”. About facing Guatemala, he indicated “we know each other well, they are strong and it will be a tough match.”

Group B:

GUATEMALA DEF. HONDURAS, 3-1

  • Guatemala def. Honduras 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 25-11)
  • Guatemala improves to 1-2 (4 points); Honduras falls to 0-3 (1 point)

The headline of Group B was for the pool victory, but this one was still important as the winner would head to the quarterfinals and the loser would be the first team eliminated from the competition. That distinction went to Honduras, who won just one set in their three matches. Meanwhile, Guatemala moves on to face Costa Rica in the elimination round.

The block actually went Honduras’ way, but the serve and mainly the attack led to the Guatemalan victory. In total, they notched 38 more kills, more than enough to erase a 16-point error disparity. Spearheading the effort was four different players for Guatemala in double-digits for scoring compared to none for Honduras.

Guatemala head coach Luis Fernando Castañeda: “I am satisfied to keep on moving forward. We were strong to make sure and make it into quarterfinals; we were hoping to win 3-0.  Our attacks were very effective and we had strength in serving.”

Honduras head coach Alejandro Castillo: “Sadly we lost to Guatemala, they have better game level. Facing Cuba and United States contributes to our development.”

CUBA DEF. USA, 3-0

  • Cuba def. USA 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 28-26)
  • Cuba improves to 3-0 (15 points); USA falls to 2-1 (10 points)

With the Pool B title on the line, Cuba took down the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team. It wasn’t a shocking result, as Cuba is the defending champions in the event, but it was a bit surprising that Cuba did so in straight sets – although that was in doubt in the third.

Cuba wasn’t overwhelmingly better than the Americans in any aspect, but slight advantages in kills, blocks, aces and lack of errors all added up into the sweep. The brilliance of Victor Ramon Andreu Flores (13 points) and four others who totaled between six and nine points was too much for a dynamic Team USA duo of Alex Knight (11 points) and Scott Solan (11 points) with just 15 combined points from everyone else. If the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team can find more balance, they’ll have a shot to get revenge on Cuba though as a rematch could loom in the elimination round.

Cuba head coach Mario Raul Izquierdo: “This is what we came for, moving one step at a time of reaching the goals we set since our preparation. The competition is going as planned, facing each match focused. I want to dedicate this qualification to semifinals to everybody in Cuba we want them to be proud of our new generation of players.”

USA head coach Brad Keller: “I really like the fact that we go better as the match went on, that we stayed together and that at the very end we were with them. Hopefully we can have the opportunity to face them again, but first we have to take care of Nicaragua.”

Full Schedule:

No. Date Time Teams SCORES Set 1 2 3 4 5 Points Time FORMS
3 6-June 19:00 PUERTO RICO vs NICARAGUA  LIVE 3-0 25-12 25-11 25-20 75-43 1:02 P-2 P-3
6 7-June 19:00 COSTA RICA vs NICARAGUA  LIVE 3-1 25-21 23-25 25-14 27-25 100-85 1:41 P-2 P-3
9 8-June 19:00 COSTA RICA vs PUERTO RICO  LIVE 0-3 13-25 16-25 12-25 41-75 1:11 P-2 P-3
GROUP-B
1 6-June 15:00 GUATEMALA vs UNITED STATES  LIVE 0-3 23-25 14-25 18-25 55-75 1:19 P-2 P-3
2 6-June 17:00 CUBA vs HONDURAS  LIVE 3-0 25-9 25-10 25-10 75-29 0:53 P-2 P-3
4 7-June 15:00 CUBA vs GUATEMALA  LIVE 3-0 25-13 25-12 25-18 75-43 1:02 P-2 P-3
5 7-June 17:00 HONDURAS vs UNITED STATES  LIVE 0-3 16-25 15-25 14-25 45-75 1:09 P-2 P-3
7 8-June 15:00 HONDURAS vs GUATEMALA  LIVE 1-3 21-25 25-23 18-25 11-25 75-98 1:43 P-2 P-3
8 8-June 17:00 UNITED STATES vs CUBA  LIVE 0-3 19-25 19-25 26-28 64-78 1:35 P-2 P-3
QUARTERFINALS
10 9-June 09:00 COSTA RICA vs GUATEMALA  LIVE P-2 P-3
11 9-June 11:00 UNITED STATES vs NICARAGUA  LIVE P-2 P-3
SEMIFINALS
12 9-June 17:00 CUBA vs WINNER OF M11 / M10  LIVE P-2 P-3
13 9-June 19:00 PUERTO RICO vs WINNER OF M10 / M11  LIVE P-2 P-3
FINAL CLASSIFICATIONS 5/6
14 10-June 14:00 LOSER M10 vs LOSER M11  LIVE P-2 P-3
FINALS
15 10-June 16:00 LOSER M12 vs LOSER M13  LIVE P-2 P-3
16 10-June 18:00 WINNER OF M12 vs WINNER OF M13  LIVE P-2 P-3

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