West Seneca's Matt Anderson turned in another strong performance Wednesday night as the U.S. men's volleyball team swept Mexico and moved through to the semifinals of the NORECECA Olympic Qualifier in Long Beach, Calif.
Anderson, the former Penn State star, had 12 points on 10 attacks and two aces as the Americans won their third straight match to win the A pool of the tournament. They will meet one of today's quarterfinal winners in the semifinals at 8 p.m. Friday. Mexico plays Puerto Rico in one quarterfinal, and Cuba meets Trinidad & Tobago in the other. The final is at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The winner of the qualifier gets an automatic berth in the Olympics this summer in London. The U.S. won the gold medal in China four years ago, but does not get an automatic berth. If they do not quality in Long Beach (site of the U.S. Olympic training facility), they will be invited to one of three FIVB World Olympic Qualification Tournaments, to be held in Japan, Italy and Germany.
Canada won the B pool after upsetting Cuba on Wednesday, earning the other automatic berth to Friday's semifinal.