Canada hurt Nicaragua with its powerful serves


HAVANA, Cuba, August 28, 2018 - The team from Canada hurt Nicaragua with their powerful services to seal the victory in straight sets of 25-16, 25-20 and 25-11 and momentarily lead Group B of the U21 NORCECA Men's Volleyball qualifier with a ticket to the 2019 World Cup.


Nine aces, plus also superiority in attack (39-23), were enough for the Northerners to dominate in a match where both added four blocks and committed 23 unforced errors each.


Once again, the Canadian technical team sent all the players to the field, who in some way contributed to a well-distributed offensive, led by Xander Ketrzymski with 12 points.


For the nicas the opposite Ronnier Baquedano was also the only one with double digits for his set with the difference that his teammates did not contribute much to take the win.


The Brazilian Joao Paulo Bravo, technical director of Canada, was happy when he said that "my team was as fine as yesterday, you know that when you play with those who are a little weaker, you must try something different as in service and attack, today I'm happy but we have to improve every day because the competition is not over yet and tomorrow we will face the United States and later will be more difficult matches."


"A good match for us, we follow the game plan, I think Nicaragua is a team that we value very much the effort it made. Tomorrow against the United States it will be an exciting game, we are aware of that and we will take it into account," said Michael Dowhaniuk, captain of the northerners.


On the other hand the one of Nicaragua, Jonny Zeledón, explained that "in the first set we were much out of concentration until later we could take more attitude and raise the level, we made many mistakes and they took advantage to counterattack. Canada is a high team, very strong and it has good physical condition, attack, service and block, is really quite complete. "


Osman Hernandez, Nicaraguan coach, said that "at the beginning my boys were nervous because the serve of Canada is much better, different than yesterday, the United States, then they took a little more confidence. In the second set we landed in balls and we managed to pass their high block, and in the third we lower the level again, I think we have to work very well for tomorrow if we want to reach the quarterfinals.