U.S. serving overpowers Costa Rica in U19 NORCECA sweep

The serving game for the United States continued to be on point at the NORCECA U19 Continental Championship.

The U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team had 12 aces as it swept Costa Rica 25-9, 25-17, 25-16 on Saturday in Cuba to remain undefeated in group-play.


Middle attacker Sam Lewis in the victory had a match-high three aces. In addition, setter Chris Hall and middle attacker Kyler Presho each added multiple aces against Costa Rica (0-2).

Along with the U.S. serving, opposite Jaylen Jasper led all players with nine kills and had more than a .500 attack percentage. The high school opposite also is now third in the tournament with a 48.28 percent offensive efficiency.

Jasper was one of three U.S. players with at least five kills in the group-play sweep. Outside attacker John Reilly had sits kills, while outside attacker Brandon Browning added five kills.

Outside attacker Manirique Carazo in the loss had five kills and was the only Costa Rican player with at least five kills.

The United States (2-0) also out-blocked Costa Rica 8 to 1, including Jasper and setter Chris Hall each having a match-high three blocks.

With this victory, the United States remains in sole possession of first place in Group A and have not lost a game in group-play.

The United States will conclude group-play with a match against the Dominican Republic (1-1) on Sunday. If the United States wins, it will clinch the Group A title and earn bye to the semifinals.