Canada Holds Back Mexico to Reach NORCECA Title Match
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA (Aug. 31, 2012) – Canada
advanced to the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship
gold-medal match with a 25-17, 25-18, 24-26, 25-21 victory over
Mexico on Friday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Training Center
in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Canada will face the second semifinal winner of United States
and Puerto Rico on Saturday at 17:30, while Mexico will
challenge the loser for the bronze medal. The top three
finishing teams in the tournament advance to the 2013 FIVB
Volleyball Men’s Junior Continental Championship.
Canada had balanced scoring with nine of its available 11
players scoring at least one point and five players in double
digits. Dany Demyanenko led Canada with 18 points, while
Alexander William Russell added 12 points in the victory. Jarrid
Michael Ireland and Brook Alois Sedore scored 11 points and
Ryley Brendan Barnes tacked on 10 points.
Sergio Perez led Mexico with 19 points, followed by Jesus
Alberto Perales’ 18 points.
Canada’s block provided a 13-5 scoring edge over Mexico, in
addition to a 60-54 edge in kills. Canada was credited with a
37-30 advantage in digs led by Tyler Koslowsky’s 14.
Canada’s block was dominant throughout the opening set with five
in the 25-17 victory. Canada also held its errors to three in
the set and used seven Mexico errors to its advantage. Canada
used consecutive aces by Milan Nikic to reach a 16-11 lead at
the second technical timeout of the second set and forged ahead
to a 25-18 victory. Canada opened the third set leading 3-0, but
Mexico came back to square the set at 8-all. The set stayed
close the rest of the way as Mexico tied the set up at 23-all
after trailing by two most of the way. Mexico saved one match
point and took the set 26-24 on a Canada error. Mexico came back
from an 8-5 deficit in the fourth set to take a 14-12 advantage.
Back-to-back Canada blocks put it back in front 17-16 and went
up 21-18. Canada finished set at 25-21 with the final four of
“First of all Mexico is a fantastic team, even though the first
two sets did not go their way,” Canada head coach David Preston
said. “They fought back. We were in a position to close out the
third set with opportunities to win and couldn’t come away with
the win. However, we put ourselves in the same position in the
fourth set and won. I like how we are when we are system, but
when out of system we have something to work on. We have one
more practice session to get better and have a chance to win a
“First hats off to Mexico – we knew it would be a battle as they
are a high-energy team,” Canada captain Milan Nikic said. “We
started the first two sets running the game plan, but Mexico
stepped up its game in the third set. We know we have some
things to work on for tomorrow.”
“In the first set we did not come out and give all we had and
made too many errors on defense and blocking,” Mexico head coach
Justo Arias said. “In the beginning we knew Canada would be a
good match. As the game progressed, we played a little better.
It came to be where both teams were evenly matched and we won
the third set. But we could not keep the momentum up and win.
Canada is a great team with a collective game and I congratulate
them. Tomorrow will not be easy and will be evenly matched. Both
teams will be looking for a spot at the World Championships for
next year. So we want to start at 100 percent and keep the
“First we want to congratulate Canada for being a good team,”
Mexico captain Jonathan Ponce said “We started off slow, but
little by little we gained momentum. In the third set, it was
decided we wanted to win it. But in the end, Canada won the
match. Tomorrow we hope to give our best to win third.