USA cruise past Nicaragua to reach NORCECA U19 Semifinals
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, June 9, 2018.- United
States cruise past Nicaragua 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-13) to
advance to the semifinal match against Puerto Rico of the
NORCECA U19 Boys’ Continental Championship in San Jose, Costa
With their usual slow start here in Costa
Rica, the USA boys came out on top dominating all categories
with sizeable margin of 30-16 in spikes, 11-0 in blocks and 13-2
in serves over Nicaragua. United States allowed 30 unforced
errors and benefited from 21 of Nicaragua.
United States used a balanced scoring attack
with 14 points by Akhil Tangutur, Joseph Deluzio scored 13
points, Clarke Godgold chipped in with 12 points and Nathaniel
Gates added 10 points. Josue Cano of Nicaragua scored 7 points.
The US team will battle against Puerto Rico
in semifinals for one of the two vacancies up for bid to the
FIVB World Championship next year. Nicaragua will face Costa
Rica for fifth place.
Coach Brad Keller of United States: “the
match started slowly because it’s the morning after that they
exerted a ton of energy the night before, so coming out early
morning is a bit difficult to get motivated and get going.
Finally they got the rhythm; we’ve had that problem the whole
tournament. We have a good deep team, some guys to help us out
and we can go with any line-up, depending how fresh we are to
face the semifinal”.
Wing spiker Akhill Tangutur of United
States: “we’ve been saying that
our chemistry is really good and today it was the same, we had a
good attitude and we expect to play tonight against Puerto Rico
like we did in the third set against Cuba”.
Coach Jorge Mena of Nicaragua: “it
was good match, we played well, and it was a good preparation to
face our next opponent Costa Rica. We hope to have an excellent
defense just like this one”.
Libero Jordan Carcache of Nicaragua: “we
practiced really hard on our defense preparing to face stronger
teams. Nicaragua has always defended pretty well and today we
gave our all from the beginning; I hope to have better energy
against Costa Rica”