United States Sweeps Canada in Semifinals
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, September 30, 2017 – The United
States got a measure of revenge over Canada on Saturday with a
25-20, 25-22, 25-21 victory at the NORCECA Men’s Continental
Championship at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
The victory qualifies the U.S. Men (4-0) for the 2018 FIVB World
Championship. They will play Dominican Republic (3-1) for the
NORCECA title on Sunday at 5 p.m. MT.
Canada had defeated the United States the last three times they
had played each other. But the U.S. came out confident in the
first set and took a 12-9 lead that it increased to 19-13.
Canada kept the next two sets closer, but couldn’t get a
The United States serving was tough as it finished with seven
aces while Canada had none. The U.S. also led in spikes (35-32)
and blocks (6-2).
U.S. outside hitter Aaron Russell led all scorers with 15 points
on 15 spikes. Opposite Matt Anderson added 11 points on eight
attacks and three aces.
Outside hitter Stephen Maar led Canada with 11 points.
U.S. Captain Micah Christenson: “It’s become a pretty awesome
rivalry (between the U.S. and Canada). We’re in the same zone.
We’ve played them a couple times over the past year and they’ve
gotten the better of us. All credit to them. They are world
class. I think our serve and pass game was great tonight. We put
a lot of pressure on them with our serve.”
U.S. Head Coach John Speraw: “(Canada) has gotten so much better
over the last four-eight years. They have some good young talent
and they’ve beaten us recently. I thought our energy and focus
was there throughout the entire match.”
Canada Captain Gordon Perrin: “(The U.S.) served really well.
With this ball it’s very difficult to hold the serves. We were
really bad in reception and we couldn’t run any plays. They
played free and they definitely won the serve and pass game this
Canada Coach Stephane Antiga: "We
were (having issues) with our pass. We were trying to limit it.
The USA served very well. We wanted to win this competition and
to qualify for World Championships. Right now we focus on
Mexico. We feel good. We want to win tomorrow. We are ready."