Canada Qualifies for World Championship with Third-Place Finish
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, October 1, 2017 – Canada secured its
spot in the FIVB World Championship with a 21-25, 25-13, 27-25,
25-18 win over Mexico in the third-place match of the NORCECA
Men’s Championship on Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Training
Canada finishes the tournament with a 3-1 record and the bronze
medal. Mexico finishes 3-2 and will advance to the next
four-team world championship qualifier.
Mexico led Canada in attacks (51-50). Canada led in aces (6-4)
and blocks (10-5).
Errors proved costly for Mexico as Canada scored 32 points on
Mexico’s miscues while Mexico scored 21 points on Canada’s
Outside hitters Nick Hoag and Stephen Maar led the scoring with
18 points each. Opposite Sherone Vernon-Evans added 17. Maar had
a match-high 16 spikes and Hoag had a match-high four aces.
Opposite Daniel Vargas and outside hitter Jorge Barajas each
scored 13 points for Mexico. Middle blocker Jose Martinez had 12
points including a match-high four blocks.
Canada Head Coach Stephane Antiga: "We knew it would be
difficult. Mexico can serve and spike it. We were not aggressive
enough in the beginning, maybe not ready for a strong serve. I
thought we played a serious game. That was our second goal, the
first one was to win this competition and the second one was to
qualify to World Championships, so we made ... (half our goals)
... so that's not so bad. I think we needed one set to get over
our disappointment after yesterday's defeat against U.S. ...
Canada Team Captain Gordon Perrin: "We started really slow. We
started sleeping, if you will, and they played very spirited.
They played good defense. They were able to give us a difficult
match. We just needed to wake up and play. As I say, we didn't
come play in the beginning, it showed in our play. We were able
to receive a little better. They have two big servers that gave
us problems in the first set, Rangel and Barajas, but after we
were able to side them out after one or two and that takes a lot
out of their game."
You won the bronze and are going to World Championship, how does
that feel? "I mean, I'm not going throw a big parade, you know,
but we got the job done."
Mexico Coach Jorge Miguel Azair: “Of course it was very
difficult (to get motivated for the match). Nevertheless we
played better than yesterday. Yesterday, our problem was
service. They managed to control our service and we couldn’t