A new champion will be crowned at the 2017 NORCECA Pan-American Cup today in Gatineau, Canada. With victories over Canada and defending gold medalist Cuba, respectively, Argentina and Puerto Rico will face off in the gold-medal match at 5 PM ET.
Neither of the two teams has ever won a gold medal at the Pan-American Cup; however, Argentina has earned silver four times.
The U.S. Men's National Team will play Dominican Republic today at 1 PM ET in the fifth-place match. The Americans lost to Puerto Rico in the quarterfinals, but rallied back to secure a straight-set victory (25-23, 25-14, 25-20) over Venezuela in a classification match.
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BYU grad Jake Langlois led the USA with 10 points versus Venezuela, while UCLA grad Mitch Stahl and Pepperdine's David Wieczorek each added nine.
"Today, we played very good from the service line, and received the ball very well," USA head coach Rob Neilson said. "For sure it was an overall better match today. I'm excited for the guys, and hopefully we're moving in the right direction."
2017 NORCECA Pan-American Cup Results: July 29, 2017
Dominican Republic def. Mexico 3-1 (24-26, 26-24, 25-19, 25-20)
USA def. Venezuela 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-20)
Argentina def. Canada 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-10)
Puerto Rico def. Cuba 3-1 (16-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-21)
2017 NORCECA Pan-American Cup Schedule: July 30, 2017
11 AM ET: Mexico vs. Venezuela (7th place match)
1 PM ET: USA vs. Dominican Republic (5th place match)
3 PM ET: Canada vs. Cuba (Bronze-medal match)
5 PM ET: Argentina vs. Puerto Rico (Gold-Medal Match)