NORCECA semifinal match to follow tonight: United States vs. Canada

The United States hopes of advancing to the NORCECA championship and qualifying for the World Championships will be decided by the end of the night.

Canada and the defending tournament champions United States will play each other in the NORCECA Continental Championships semifinals with the winner getting a berth to the upcoming FIVB Men’s U-21 World Championship.


Check out the NORCECA semifinal match to follow tonight.

United States (3-1) vs. Canada (2-0)
Match vitals:
5 p.m. (6 p.m. CST) in San Salvador, El Salvador
Follow live: Live stats, In-match tweets
Last NORCECA U-21 title: United States (2012); Canada (2002)
NCAA players on roster: United States (12); Canada (zero)
What to know: It’s a rematch of the 2012 NORCECA championship match, but this time even more is on the line for both teams. The United States and Canada will meet in the semifinals with only the winner receiving one of the two NORCECA bids to the 2015 FIVB Men’s U-21 World Championship. The other NORCECA bid will be awarded to the winner of the other semifinal match between Puerto Rico and Cuba. The United States reached the semifinals after sweeping El Salvador in the quarterfinals on Friday. BYU incoming recruit Storm Faagata-Tufuga in the victory had 10 kills. This was the second consecutive match that the outside attacker finished with double-digit kills. In addition, BYU incoming recruit Brenden Sander led the United States in kills during the team’s first two pool-play matches and added 11 kills in the United States’ pool-play finale victory against Mexico on Thursday. Canada received a bye to the semifinals after going undefeated in pool-play, including a five-game victory against Puerto Rico in the pool-play finale to clinch the Group B title. Outside attacker Brandon Koppers in the victory led Canada with 16 kills, while outside attacker Lucas Coleman had 12 kills.