While the world's best battle it out in Japan, the world's next are on the other side of the world in Mexico for the 2015 FIVB U21 World Championships!
Sixteen teams are divided into three pools for the initial stage, where the top two teams from each pool will move on to Pools E and F while the bottom two will move on to Pools G and H. From there, the top two teams from E and F will advance to the semi-finals, with the bottom two playing for 5th-8th. Top Two from G and H will play for 9th-12th, and the bottom two will compete for 13th-16th.
Canada qualified for the Championships by defeating the U.S. in the semi-finals of the 2014 NORCECA U20 Championships last year, while the United States paid them back with a semi-final win of their own at the U21 Pan Am Cup in Gatineau earlier this year.
While both teams feature a wide-array of skill, the USA as found themselves in the "Pool of Death" while their neighbours to the north are favoured to win their pool.
|Turkey - 1st|
|Canada - 2nd|
|Mexico - 3rd|
|Egypt - 4th|
|Russia - 1st|
|Argentina - 2nd|
|Poland - 3rd|
|USA - 4th|
|Brazil - 1st|
|China - 2nd|
|Iran - 3rd|
|Cuba - 4th|
|Italy - 1st|
|Slovenia - 2nd|
|France - 3rd|
|Japan - 4th|
|Turkey||def.||Canada||3-1 (17-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-19)|
|Canada||def.||Egypt||3-2 (30-32, 24-26, 25-19, 25-19, 15-9)|
|Canada||def.||Mexico||3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-20)|
|Italy||def.||Canada||3-1 (37-39, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19)|
|Canada||vs.||Russia||Wednesday September 16th - 5:00 p.m. EST|
|Canada||vs.||China||Thursday September 17th - 5:00 p.m. EST|
|Argentina||def.||USA||3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 22-25, 15-10)|
|Poland||def.||USA||3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-14)|
|Russia||def.||USA||3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-15)|
|USA||def.||Iran||3-2 (25-19, 21-25, 25-22, 24-26, 16-14)|
|USA||vs.||Mexico||Wednesday September 16th - 10:00 p.m. EST|
|USA||vs.||Japan||Thursday September 17th - 3:00 p.m. EST|
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Wednesday September 16th
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