Canada opens with victory over Suriname

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 3, 2021 – Canada defeated Suriname in straight-sets 3-0 (25-7, 30-28, 25-20) to open the Volleyball Men’s Pan American Cup at Ricardo Arias Pavilion on Friday.

After a one-sided first set, the team of Suriname recovered to play a close match the rest of the way. The stronger serves of the Canadian team were the main difference (11-4).

Jackson Howe led Canada with 16 points, including 4 blocks and Jordan Schnitzer added 11 with 4 aces. Zefanio Breinburg topped Suriname with 12 tallies.

Jesse Elser, Captain of Canada: “Both teams played hard after the first set. It was a very good volleyball game and the one who played the best won"

Ben Josephson, Coach of Canada: “The first set was very open, but as soon as it was over both teams pushed the game and it was a close battle. I give credit to the Suriname team, they trained hard for this competition”.

Keven Sporkslede, Captain of Suriname: “We had a long time without playing an official match. In the first set we were a little nervous but we warmed up during the match and we are satisfied with the team's performance”.

Augusto Sabbatini, Suriname coach: “I am very happy with the team's performance in this match. They showed good technique and good ball handling. The first set was very open, but afterwards the boys pushed and got on the same level as the other team”.