Canada remains undefeated at Pan Am Cup 

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 6, 2021 - Canada defeated Dominican Republic 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-16) in a battle between undefeated teams at the Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup on Monday. 

The Canadians moved one step closer to finish atop of the standings in the preliminary round now with their 4-0 win-loss record. The Dominicans fell to 3-1. 

Canada goes against United States and Dominican Republic against Mexico in the fifth and closing day of the first phase of the competition on Tuesday. Puerto Rico and Suriname meet in a clash between winless teams. 

Canadian Brodie Hofer led all the players in the match with 21 points, followed by teammate Jesse Elser with 17. Jackson Howe and Isaiah Olfert contributed 11 and 10, respectively, in the victory. Hector Cruz was the only Dominican who finished with double figures with 13 points. 

Ben Josephson, coach of Canada: “In the first set we couldn’t break their blocking. They are big guys. Then we took advantage of our velocity to change our game style, and that was the key for the victory.” 

Jose Mañon, coach of Dominican Republic: “We came in prepared to receive strong serves and Canada changed their type of game. Besides that, we faced problems with our serves. Now we have to keep working with our heads up. This is not over yet.”