SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, August 25, 2023.- The United State defeated Mexico this Friday 3-0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-15) and advanced to the Final of the third NORCECA Pan American Cup Final Six.
The U.S. (6-0) will play host Dominican Republic, a 3-0 winner over Cuba in the other semifinal, in the gold medal match at 4 p.m. PT on Saturday. The two teams met on Thursday with the U.S. coming back from a 2-1 deficit to take the match in five sets.
The U.S. dominated every statistical category, including a 33-20 advantage in kills with a .379 hitting efficiency percentage for the match. The U.S. led in blocks (9-2) and aces (6-2), while committing only 13 errors compared to 25 by Mexico.
Seven U.S. players scored at least five points with middle blocker Serena Gray pacing the team with 11 points, seven kills, and four blocks. Opposite Stephanie Samedy totaled seven points on five kills, one block, and one ace.
Mexico will play for bronze against Cuba, while Canada and Puerto Rico will play for fifth place.