Canada overpowers Mexico in front of home crowd
WINNIPEG, Canada, September 3, 2019 - Canada dominated
Mexico 3-0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-15) in the host team’s opener
today at the Men’s 2019 NORCECA Continental Championships
today in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Canada came out swinging from the first set in front of a
pleased home crowd, and maintained a high level of play
throughout the match.
topped all scorers with 16 points, followed by Stephen Maar
with 13 and team captain Gord Perrin with 11.
Opposite Daniel Vargas contributed eight points to the
Mexican effort. Mexico is now 1-1 in the tournament.
This was Canada’s first match of the tournament, as Suriname
was a late withdrawal from the event and therefore this
pool. Canada plays Puerto Rico tomorrow at 8 pm local time.
Canada’s head coach Glenn Hoag: “It was a high quality of
ball that we played today; very focused. We know Mexico is
a feisty team and very skilled – they can pass well. Our
guys were patient and we played really good block defense,
so we are happy. We have a couple of objectives: We want to
win this tournament and qualify for the next tournament
(zonal Olympic Qualifier), so we’ll keep our focus on that.”
Mexico head coach, Jorge Miguel Azair Lopez: “Canada played
a very strong game with very few mistakes. They forced a lot
of errors on our side. The goal of the tournament is still
to qualify to the Olympic qualifying tournament. We have
learned a big lesson from this match, and now we need to
move on and focus on the goal of qualifying.”