Canada beats Venezuela in opening match
MONTERREY, México, November 6, 2013.- Canada opened the I Men’s
Final Four Cup beating Venezuela by 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-18) at
Nuevo Leon Unido Gym on Wednesday.
Venezuela’s late arrival at Monterrey
took a toll on their performance, although they were able to
keep the score close. Canada showed more consistency even if
they had some reception difficulties.
Canada held advantages of 8-5 in blocking, 8-2 in service points
and 35-31 in spikes. Their unforced errors were similar, Canada
with 22 and Venezuela with 24.
Henry Voth led Canada with 12 points followed by Steve Gotch
with 10. For Venezuela, Luis Arias finished with 9 points while
Daniel Escobar and Hector Salerno chipped in with 8 points
“We were nervous in the beginning, for me this is my first
international match with our national team; I tried to do my
best and always keeping in mind that with more preparation and
practice we’ll do better. Venezuela has tall players who made
things difficult for us” said captainJustin Boudreault.
For Luis Arias, captain of Venezuela, his team had a good
performance despite their difficulties in arrival, “first I
congratulate Canada for the win; as for my team, it was hard to
get in the rhythm we’re used to and play more confident. I don’t
want to diminish Canada’s performance, but if the conditions
were better Venezuela could have won. I hope we’ll improve as
the tournament advances”.
Canadian coach Vincent Pichette expressed “I sympathize with
Venezuela, even if our traveling arrangements weren’t good
either. We knew Venezuelans had good character, it was a tough
match and I instructed my players not to take anything lightly.
This match was getting the jitters out because it was a first
experience for almost the entire team”.
“I am very proud of my team” began saying Cuban coach Gerardo
Nodarse for Venezuela. “My boys come from sleeping two nights in
airports, we have never practiced nor played with a Molten ball
and the outcome was great. They played with good attitude and
this tournament will prepare us for Bolivariano Games in two
weeks” he added.