By Gary R. Blockus | Oct. 01, 2017, 10:24 p.m. (ET)
The U.S. Men's Volleyball Team celebrates its win at the NORCECA Championship on Sept. 30, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

The U.S. men’s volleyball team put on a dominating performance in winning its ninth NORCECA Continental Championship on Sunday, sweeping all five matches at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to claim its first crown since 2013.

Led by two-time Olympians Matt Anderson and David Smith, as well as 2016 Olympians Aaron Russell, Taylor Sander, Thomas Jaeschke, Micah Christenson, Max Holt and Erik Shoji, the U.S. swept three sets from the Dominican Republic in the championship final to win all five of its games in straight sets.

The U.S. defeated Dominican Republic 25-17, 25-10, 25-12 to claim the title. Anderson led the way with seven kills and four aces while Jaeschke had six kills and four aces. Smith led the team with seven blocks.

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Team USA, ranked No. 2 in the world, had swept the Dominican Republic to conclude Group A play on Thursday.

The U.S. defeated Costa Rica 3-0 in the quarterfinals to set up a semifinal showdown with Canada, which had won the previous three meetings between the teams, including the bronze-medal match in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League.

The U.S., top-ranked in NORCECA, gained revenge by sweeping second-ranked Canada by scores of 25-20, 25-22, 25-21 to secure a berth in the final.

The victory over Canada also clinched the all-important berth in the 2018 FIVB World Championships being hosted by Bulgaria and Italy, the first time the world championships will be held in two countries.

After the U.S. won the NORCECA title in 2013, it did not compete in the event in 2015 because it was a qualifier for the NORCECA Olympic qualifier and the U.S. had already clinched its Olympic berth.

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.