Canada claims first victory

DURANGO, Mexico, August 19, 2021. – Canada claimed their first victory in pool A defeating Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-14) on the second day of competition at the Men’s NORCECA Continental Championship in Durango, Mexico.

Canada´s strength in attacks was able to break Trinidad and Tobago’s good blocking, leading with a huge 40-17 margin; they also led in serves 8-2. Trinidad and Tobago held a slim 7-6 margin in blocks and committed 21 errors against 28 from Canada.

Outside hitter Brandon Kippers scored a match-high of 15 points, joined by Xander Ketrzynski with 11 points helping Canada to even their win-loss record 1-1 in pool A. Outside hitter Daynte Stewart was Trinidad and Tobago top scorer with 9 points; they stand with 0-2 record.

On day three of the event, Trinidad and Tobago (0-2) faces Puerto Rico (1-0) and Canada (1-1) against Mexico (1-0).

Brett Walsh, Captain of Canada: “I believe we improved overall, from yesterday’s performance. Pasing the ball strong made it difficult for them to receive and put the ball in play”.

Larry McKay, Coach of Canada: “The players played really well, when they feel they can perform well I try to stay out of their way, they have all the instructions they needed. It was a very good competition against Trinidad and Tobago and we’re grateful with our success. We’re looking forward for our next opportunity to play; it will be a very strong Mexico team”.

Ryan Stewart, Captain of Trinidad and Tobago: “Playing without a libero has been challenging for us, but our performance was much better than yesterday’s”.

Gideon Dixon, Coach of Trinidad and Tobago: “We were stronger in the beginning and went on being less effective throughout the match. With every match we will improve because we’ve been away so long”.