U.S. serving too much for Canada in U19 NORCECA opener

Photo courtesy of the FIVB and NORCECA

It didn’t take outside attacker Grant Lamoureux long to deliver from the service line for the United States.

Lamoureux finished with a match-high five aces as the United States swept Canada 25-23, 25-15, 25-23 in its group-play opener at the NORCECA U19 Continental Championship on Tuesday in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Lamoureux had three aces in the final game to complete the sweep, including two aces during a 6-0 run early in the game. The outside attacker also contributed two aces as part of a 10-point victory in the second game.

Four U.S. players had multiple aces and the United States ended with 12 aces – eight more aces than Canada.


Opposite Cooper Keane added two aces highlighted with a game-winning ace that prevented the first game from going to overtime. Both outside attackers Thomas Demps IV and Aleksey Mikhailenko had two aces against Canada.

The United States out-hit Canada .235 to .222 and had a match-best .455 attack percentage in the second game.

Lamoureux led all players with nine kills, while Mikhailenko had eight kills on a .333 attack percentage.

Pin-hitter Reuben Veith in the loss had a team-high seven kills and was Canadian player with more than five kills.

The United States with this victory moves into a tie for first place in Group A.

The team will play Suriname in its second of three group-play matches. Suriname suffered a three-game loss to Cuba in its group-pay opener on Tuesday.

The first-place team in the four-team group at the end of group-play will receive a bye to the semifinals. The second and third place teams will earn berths to the quarterfinals.