August 6, 2023.- Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States came out of pool-play at the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship, and are ready for Tuesday’s eightfinals in San Juan, Argentina.
In Pool D on Sunday, Belgium mastered a 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-17) shutout of Mexico with a 14-point match high from Berre Van Looveren. In the final pool standings, Mexico (1-3) finished third and advanced to the eighthfinals where they’ll face Pool B winners France (4-0).
United States failed to finish Pool A with an impeccable record. In their last pool match against Serbia, they not only lost their first sets of the tournament, but also conceded their first defeat. However, even after Serbia’s 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 25-21, 25-13) victory, the Americans topped the final pool standings on a 3-1 win-loss record and better set ratio than pool runners-up Egypt. Winless Costa Rica will move on to battle with Chile and India for the 17th place.
In the eighthfinals, the teams from Pool A will meet the teams from Pool C. USA will face fourth-placed Puerto Rico (1-3).
In the last match of Pool C, Colombia claimed a 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 26-24) win over Puerto Rico.