U.S. breezes past Puerto Rico to stay undefeated at NORCECA Championship

Photo courtesy of the FIVB and NORCECA

The offensive onslaught continues for the United States.

The United States committed two errors the entire match and finished with a .631 attack percentage as it swept Puerto Rico 25-14, 25-18, 25-12 in group-play at the NORCECA Continental Championship on Wednesday in Charleston, West Virginia.

This the second consecutive match to open the tournament that the United States hit more than .600. The team also has not committed more than two attack errors in either match en route to securing a quarterfinals berth.


Former Long Beach State outside attacker TJ DeFalco led all players with 10 kills on a .556 attack percentage against Puerto Rico. In addition, DeFalco was one of four U.S. players to have more than five kills and not commit an error.

Along with DeFalco, former Ohio State opposite Jake Hanes had seven kills and hit .583. Former Penn State opposite Matt Anderson playing in the only first game contributed six kills on a .857 attack percentage.

George Mason outside attacker Omar Hoyos and Fairleigh Dickinson opposite Jamal Ellis Carballo in the loss each had five kills against the United States.

The United States with this win remains tied in first place in Group B with Cuba. The two teams will play each other to close out group play on Thursday with the winner clinching a bye to the semifinals.

Cuba enters the group-play finale after sweeping both Suriname and Puerto Rico in its first two matches.