HAVANA, Cuba, June 1, 2023.- Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum in Havana, Cuba will host once again the NORCECA U21 Men’s Pan American Cup from June 5-10.
The competition marks the beginning of the qualification process towards the 2025 FIVB U21 Men’s Championship; therefore, it’s a mandatory eligibility requirement to reach the next phase, the 2024 NORCECA U21 Men’s Continental Championship.
Cuba hosted last year’s edition of the U21 Pan American Cup with highly competitive clashes, in which the United States sealed their undefeated record with a 3-0 (25-19, 30-28, 25-14) gold medal match win against Mexico who won’t be in this year’s competition. Canada claimed the bronze in a thrilling tie-break battle over Cuba 3-2 (13-25, 25-19, 25-15, 22-25, 15-12).
Eight teams will be competing with defending champions United States competing in the preliminary round against host Cuba, Guatemala and Nicaragua in pool B. Canada, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico are placed in pool A.
After the three-day preliminary round, the two pool winners will advance directly into the semifinals, while the second and third positions will play the cross-over qualification round.
Preliminary Round Schedule
Monday, June 5
10:00 Dominican Republic vs Haiti
12:00 Canada vs Puerto Rico
14:00 United States vs Nicaragua
16:00 Cuba vs Guatemala
Tuesday, June 6
10:00 Canada vs Haiti
12:00 Dominican Republic vs Puerto Rico
14:00 United States vs Guatemala
16:00 Cuba vs Nicaragua
Wednesday, June 7
10:00 Haiti vs Puerto Rico
12:00 Canada vs Dominican Republic
14:00 Nicaragua vs Guatemala
16:00 Cuba vs United States