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U.S. Men Win 2013 NORCECA Championship

By BJ Evans | Sept. 28, 2013, 11:30 p.m. (ET)

LANGLEY, B.C., Canada (Sept. 28, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s National Team won the NORECA Continental Championship for the first time since 2007 when it defeated Canada, 25-23, 25-20, 25-14 on Saturday at Langley Events Centre.

The U.S. Men finished the tournament 4-0 and qualified for the FIVB Grand Champions Cup in November in Japan. Canada (3-1) won the silver medal and Cuba (4-1) took the bronze.

The U.S. Men's National Team celebrates its victory
  The players and staff of the U.S. Men's Team celebrates their win.

“It feels unbelievably good,” said first-year Head Coach John Speraw (Los Angeles) who won the Jim Coleman Award as the tournament’s best coach. “At the end of the day, the most important tournament we play in, besides the Olympics themselves, is the NORCECA tournament. For us to come in here and win like we did is a wonderful achievement for our program.”

Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) of the United States was named the tournament MVP. Setter Micah Christenson (Hawaii), who was playing in his first tournament with the senior National Team, won awards as Best Server and Best Setter.

The U.S. put three players on the Positional All-Star Team: Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.), Anderson at outside hitter and Christenson at setter.

In Saturday’s match, the U.S. led Canada in kills (41-31), blocks (10-6) and aces (4-2).

“The most important thing for us is we got better as the tournament went on,” U.S. Team Captain Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) said.

Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.), who usually starts at outside hitter, started at opposite and led all scorers with 17 points on a match-high 14 kills and match-high three aces.

Outside hitter Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) and middle blocker Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) each added 11 points. Priddy scored on eight kills, two blocks and one ace. Holt scored on nine attacks and two blocks.

Middle blocker David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) had eight points on five attacks and a match-high three blocks. Outside hitter Rooney totaled six points on five attacks and one block.

Christenson added two points on two blocks and was credited with 18 running sets.

Libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu) was credited with 10 digs and three excellent receptions.

Canada led the first set 21-18 when Priddy scored with a kill giving Christenson the serve. Christenson served for four straight points to give the U.S. a 23-21 lead. Canada tied the score at 23-23, but then served into the net. Anderson used a kill to give the U.S. the 25-23 win.

The U.S. Men broke a 5-5 tie in the second set on two kills and two blocks from Holt to lead 9-5. They increased the lead to 12-6. Canada didn’t give up and pulled to within three point at 20-17. But the U.S. Men scored three straight points on a block and kill by Anderson and kill from Priddy to maintain the lead and went on to win 25-20.

The U.S. jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the third set and Canada never rallied.

2013 U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team
NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship
Sept. 23-28 in Langley, B.C., Canada

U.S. Roster for the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship
No. - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)

1 - Matt Anderson (OH, 6-9, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
2 - Sean Rooney (OH, 6-10, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
3 - Kyle Caldwell (S, 6-8, Newport Beach, Calif., UCLA)
4 - David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
8 - Reid Priddy (OH, 6-4, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 - Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., Southern California)
11 - Micah Christenson (S, 6-6, Honolulu, Southern California)
14 – Jeff Menzel (OH, 6-6, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Santa Barbara)
15 - Carson Clark (Opp, 6-6, Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Irvine)
17 - Max Holt (MB, 6-10, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
21 - Futi Tavana (MB, 6-7, Kalaheo, Hawaii, BYU)
22 - Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)

Head Coach: John Speraw (Los Angeles)
Team Manager: Anton Willert (Berlin, Germany)
Assistant Coach: Matt Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Mike Wall (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Consultant Coach: Andrea Becker (Martinez, Calif.)
Consultant Coach: Charlie Sullivan (Springfield, Mass.)
Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock (Storm Lake, Iowa)
Team Doctor: Chris Lee

NORCECA Men’s Continental Championships Schedule
All times PT
Sept. 23
United States def. St. Lucia, 25-12, 25-10, 25-11 (Group A)
Cuba def. Bahamas, 25-16, 25-12, 25-7 (Group B)
Canada def. Guatemala, 25-10, 25-10, 25-10 (Group C)

Sept. 24
Mexico def. Guatemala, 25-18, 25-14, 25-23 (Group C)
Cuba def. Puerto Rico, 25-17, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22 (Group B)
United States def. Dominican Republic, 25-19, 25-17, 25-9  (Group A)

Sept. 25
Puerto Rico def. Bahamas, 25-10, 25-17, 25-20 (Group B)
Dominican Republic def. St. Lucia, 25-19, 25-12, 25-23 (Group A)
Canada def. Mexico, 25-22, 25-15, 25-12 (Group C)

Sept. 26
9th-Place Final: Bahamas def. Guatemala, 25-18, 25-21, 25-23
Quarterfinals: Puerto Rico def. Mexico, 25-17, 25-17, 25-22
Quarterfinals, Cuba def. Dominican Republic, 25-21, 21-25, 23-25, 25-16, 15-12

Sept. 27
7th-Place Final: Bahamas def. St. Lucia, 25-17, 25-20, 25-20
Semifinals: United States def. Puerto Rico, 25-13, 24-26, 25-20, 25-16
Semifinals, 8 p.m.

Sept. 28
Fifth-Place Final: Mexico def. Dominican Republic, 25-23, 25-22, 26-24
Bronze-Medal: Cuba def. Puerto Rico, 27-29, 25-27, 25-20, 27-25, 15-12
Championship Finals: United States def. Canada, 25-23, 25-20, 25-14

Past Champions
1969:  Cuba (USA, third)
1971:  Cuba (USA, second)
1973:  USA
1975:  Cuba (USA, third)
1977:  Cuba (USA, fifth)
1979:  Cuba (USA, fifth)
1981:  Cuba (USA, second)
1983:  USA
1985:  USA
1987:  Cuba (USA, second)
1989:  Cuba (USA, third)
1991:  Cuba (USA, second)
1993:  Cuba (USA, second)
1995:  Cuba (USA, second)
1997:  Cuba (USA, second)
1999:  USA
2001:  Cuba (USA, second)
2003:  USA
2005:  USA
2007:  USA
2009:  Cuba (USA, second)
2011:  Cuba (USA, second)

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