U.S. bounces back to sweep Puerto Rico, win bronze medal at NORCECA

The United States didn’t achieve its overall goal at the NORCECA Continental Championship but it will finish on the medal podium.

The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team one day after losing in the semifinals rebounded to sweep Puerto Rico 26-24, 25-19, 27-25 on Sunday in El Salvador to win the bronze medal at the international tournament.
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Former Pepperdine greats Rooney, Keenan selected to school hall of fame

Two former National Player of the Year recipients who helped Pepperdine make multiple NCAA Tournament appearances will now be inducted into the school’s hall of fame.

The Waves announced on Friday that former middle attacker Brad Keenan and outside attacker Sean Rooney were selected to the Pepperdine University Athletics Hall of Fame.
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Oh Canada: United States loses NORCECA semifinals in 5 games

Canada got its revenge and in the process prevented the United States from getting a bid to the FIVB U-21 World Championship.

Two years after losing in the championship match to the United States, Canada overcame a one-game deficit to beat the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team 23-25, 25-14, 20-25, 25-22, 15-9 in the NORCECA Continental Championship semifinals Saturday in El Salvador.

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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.
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Loyola recruit spearheads U.S. past El Salvador in NORCECA quarterfinals

Loyola incoming recruit Ben Plaisted made the most of the U.S. coaching staff’s decision to put him in the starting lineup.

Plaisted had a match-high 12 kills as the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team swept the host nation El Salvador 25-15, 25-21, 25-18 on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the NORCECA U-21 Continental Championships.
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BYU recruits lead U.S. past Mexico, clinch berth in NORCECA quarterfinals

A storm hit that blew the United States right past Mexico and into the NORCECA quarterfinals.

BYU incoming recruit Storm Faagata-Tufuga had a match-high 18 kills as the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team beat Mexico 25-18, 25-21, 17-25, 25-11 on Thursday in El Salvador to clinch a quarterfinals berth in the NORCECA U-21 Continental Championships.

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NJIT hires former Sacred Heart assistant Goncalves as new head coach

A former Sacred Heart assistant coach with experience of playing professional volleyball in Europe will be the new head coach at NJIT.

NJIT athletics director Lenny Kaplan announced Thursday afternoon that he hired Danny Goncalves as the men’s volleyball team’s new head coach for the upcoming season.
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Erskine outside Vargas shines in Puerto Rico loss to Canada

Erskine outside attacker Roberto Perez Vargas showed on the court why he was an Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team selection earlier this year but it wasn’t enough to get Puerto Rico past Canada.

Vargas had a match-high 30 kills as Puerto Rico forced a decisive fifth game before losing to Canada 25-23, 25-27, 25-23, 23-25, 15-10 on Thursday in El Salvador at the NORCECA U-21 Continental Championships.
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