Canada sweeps Mexico in qualifier opener
VANCOUVER, Canada, January 10, 2020 - The NORCECA Men’s
Tokyo Qualification Tournament kicked off at the Pacific
Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, today with Canada
beating Mexico, and Cuba defeating Puerto Rico.
Canada downed Mexico 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-17). Stephen Maar
led Canada in scoring with 11 points.
"This was the first game we’ve played together since last
summer so we were a little tentative and a little rusty at
the start, but we settled down and we started flowing,” said
Canada’s coach Glenn Hoag.
"We were able to get our nerves out and play a solid game
and prepare for the rest of the tournament,” said Canada’s
team captain Gord Perrin (Creston, BC), who contributed nine
points to Canada’s effort. "Everybody’s going to be
important and we want everybody to be at their best so that
they can be available if we need them.”
Canada plays Cuba on Saturday - the Cubans beat Puerto Rico
in tonight’s second match 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-19).
"They’re a good team, very physical and very powerful.” Hoag
said of playing Cuba. "They rely on that. We’re going to
have to be patient. One key is how well we’re going to