The USA Men’s U21 Junior National team kicked off its NorCECA Continental championship pool play in Gatineau, Canada, with a 21-15, 25-15, 25-16 sweep of Barbados. The USA MJNT seeks a bid for the 2017 U21 World Championship.
“Compared to some recent years when I have been involved (with the American team), we are a little bit bigger and a little bit cleaner,” coach Jay Hosack said. “But Canada and Cuba (who are both in Group B) are really good teams and we have to fight hard to get through this thing.”
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The USA women’s national team began the final round of Grand Prix pool play in Bangkok, Thailand, with a 25-21, 25-17, 25-23 sweep of the Netherlands, a Rio pool play opponent. The USA’s next challenge will be China on Friday. The top two teams in the pool will advance to the semifinals July 9.
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
The U.S. women are competing in the Pan Am cup in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. They opened with a 25-16, 25-10, 25-18 sweep over Costa Rica, as former Penn State star Micha Hancock set a Pan Am record with 11 aces. And then this team of the next generation of U.S. standouts beat Olympics-bound Argentina 25-14, 25-13, 25-23 on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals.
The U.S. is 5-0 in pool play, and as winner of Pool B, advance directly to Saturday’s semifinal round to play one of Friday’s quarterfinal winners. The Pan Am Cup concludes on Sunday with the medal rounds; more information is here:
In the FIVB Gstaad Major Series, there was quite a battle between the USA’s Olympics-bound beach teams.
No. 2 April Ross/Kerri Walsh Jennings won their pool with a 2-1 record despite being edged by fellow Americans No. 15 Lauren Fendrick/Brooke Sweat 15-21, 21-19, 15-13. Ross/Walsh Jennings completed pool play with wins over No. 18 Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler of Germany (21-17, 21-15) and No. 31 Nicole Eiholzer/Dunja Gerson of Switzerland (23-21, 21-11).
Fendrick/Sweat finished third in their pool (2-1) after a win over No. 31 Eiholzer/Gerson of Switzerland (21-11, 21-17) and a loss to No. 18 Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler of Germany (21-13, 21-18) .
No. 28 Kim DiCello/Kendra VanZwieten will not advance to elimination playoffs with a 0-3 record in pool play after losses to No. 5 Monika Brzostek/Kinga Kolosinska of Poland (21-18, 21-18), No. 12 Elsa Baquerizo/Liliana Fernandez of Spain (13-21, 21-15, 15-11), and No. 21Maria Antonelli/Liliane Maestrini of Brazil (21-17, 21-11) . DiCello/VanZwieten qualified by beating the USA’s Irene Hester Pollock/Caitlin Ledoux 21-19, 21-16.
No. 26 Lane Carico/Summer Ross will advance to playoffs with a 1-2 record in pool play, with a win No. 23 Melissa Humana-Paredes/Taylor Pischke of Canada (18-21, 21-16, 15-9) and tough three-set losses to both No. 7 Madelein Meppelink/Marleen Van Iersel of the Netherlands (21-19, 19-21, 15-12) and No. 10 Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy of Australia.(20-22, 21-18,15-9).
The men will complete pool play today. No. 2 Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena are 1-0 with a win against No. 31 Daniel Bergerud/Sven Solhaug of Norway 21-15, 21-10.
No. 14 Tri Bourne/John Hyden are 2-0 with wins over countrymen Jeremy Casebeer/Sean Rosenthal (21-19, 20-22, 15-12) and No. 19 Vitor Felipe/Alvaro Fiho of Brazil (23-21, 21-17).
No. 30 Jeremy Casebeer/Sean Rosenthal are 0-2 with losses to Bourne/Hyden and No. 3 Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands 21-14, 21-13.
No. 5 Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson are 1-0 with a win over No. 28 Geir Eithun/Christian Sorum of Norway 21-13, 15-21, 15-9.
No. 25 Taylor/Trevor Crabb are 1-0 with a win against No. 8 Nico Beeler/Alexei Strasser of Switzerland 21-17, 21-14. The Crabbs qualified with wins over Jasper Bouter/Tom van Steenis of the Netherlands (21-19, 18-21, 15-13), and Martin Ermacora/Moritz Pristauz-Telsnigg of Austria (19-21, 21-16, 15-10).
Ryan Doherty/John Mayer were unable to qualify after defeating Toms Smedins/Aleksandrs Solovejs of Latvia 21-13, 21-15, but being eliminated by Christian Garcia/Francisco Alfredo Marco of Spain 16-21, 24-22, 15-6.