Canada advances after Chilean challenge at the U21 Pan Am Cup
FORT MCMURRAY, Canada, May 19, 2017 - Canada advances to the
semifinals of the U21 Pan American Cup (May 16 to 21), held at
the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre at Keyano College in Fort
Although Canada got off strong start, the team faltered in the
third set, but managed a win after re-grouping. The final score
was 3-1 (25-15, 25-18, 22-25, 25-10).
Said Canada’s coach Gino Brousseau: “We had a good start, but
for some unknown reason, we just fell apart (in the third set).
We didn’t respect the opponent – in my mind we thought that
after two sets the game was over. We poked the bear and after
that, we were in trouble and all the pressure was on us. We were
afraid to make mistakes, but I made some subs and we came back
Eric Loeppky of Steinbach, MB.
and Sharone Vernon-Evans of Scarborough, Ont. both had 19 points
Chilean opposite Vicente Mardones had 13 kills for his team.
“We played way better in the first three sets than we never did
during the whole tournament so far,” explained
Daniel Nejamkin, the coach
of Chile. “We
played pretty well; it was actually our best game. Tomorrow, we
will face Puerto Rico and I hope we would be able to play at the
same level than today to end this Pan Am Cup on a good
impression. We didn’t started the tournament pretty well so my
goal is now to finish playing well.”
Canada now faces one of the tournament’s stronger teams, Cuba,
in the semifinals tomorrow.