Canada claims second victory in as many days

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 4, 2021 – Canada scored its second victory in as many outings at the Men’s Pan American Cup after defeating Mexico 3-1 (27-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-21) on Saturday.

Jesse Elser and Brodie Hofer each recorded 18 points to lead the Canadian winning effort, followed by Jackson Howe who contributed 15 points to the victory.

Jorge Hernández, Diego Gonzalez and Josue Lopez finished in doublé digits for Mexico with 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Both teams had 8 blocks while Canada held the edge in serves 8-6 with Elser and Jordan Schnitzer landing three aces apiece.

Ben Josephson, coach of Canada: “We had a good battle from start to finish. Yesterday’s match was also very close. All the teams are well prepared, so it’s going to be a high level competition.”

Jesse Elser, Captain of Canada: “I feel good about my team. We had a lot of diversity, followed the game plan and everything worked as we expected. To me that was the key to win this match.”

Jorge Azair, coach of Mexico: “We made too many errors, offensively and defensively and when a team is playing like that it is very difficult to close the sets.”