Canada Powers Past Guatemala to Open NORCECA Men's Junior
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA (Aug. 27, 2012) – Canada used a
17-3 block advantage to defeat Guatemala 25-15, 25-13, 25-21 in
its opening 2012 NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship
match on Monday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in
Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Canada was sparked offensively by Dany Demyanenko’s 17 points in
the victory. Alexander William Russell added 12 points, which
included four blocks and four aces.
Gerardo Antonio Gonzalez Pas led Guatemala with nine points,
while Erick Noel Colindres Ipina tallied eight points.
With the score tight in the opening set, Canada dominated the
end for a 25-15 victory. Canada continued the pressure in the
second set without allowing Guatemala to come close in a 25-13
victory. Guatemala scored the first two points of the third set
and led 9-7, but Canada propelled to a 25-21 victory with the
final five points.
Aside from a dominating block, Canada produced a 7-0 margin in
aces to offset 21 miscues to Guatemala’s 18.
Canada returns to Pool B action on Tuesday against Curacao at
11:00, while Guatemala will takes on Puerto Rico at 15:00.
“First I want to congratulate Guatemala for a great match, they
put up a good fight especially in the third set,” Canada captain
Milan Nikic said. “I thought we made some good in-game
adjustments, but we still have a few things to work on.”
“I thought Guatemala challenged us today,” Canada coach David
Preston said. “They had great speed and execution, and their
outsides were faster than what we have faced in training. I
thought we made some good in-game adjustments and got the result
we wanted. However, I think we still need to improve.”
“We feel we have similar skill with Canada, but they are taller
and were faster than us,” Guatemala captain Erick Noel Colindres
“The taller players for Canada was a difference, along with
their power and strength,” Guatemala head coach Jorge Chavez
said. “My players are happy and proud to have played against
them. We have three or four players with similar size and skill
who can play at Canada’s level.”