Canada wins bronze in front of home crowd
September 07, 2019: Canada won the bronze medal match over
Mexico in a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-12) sweep today at the
Men’s 2019 NORCECA Continental Championships today in
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Ryan Sclater was the top individual contributor on the
scoreboard with 17 points, followed by teammate Stephen Maar
Canada led in all aspects of the game, but the team’s
blocking was particularly effective – with 14 points
compared with three for Mexico. Canada also led in service
points – 6-1.
Garay was the only Mexican player to reach
double digits with 10 points.
Canada will join Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico next January
in the Continental Olympic Qualifier. The USA is the only
NORCECA men’s team to have locked up a Tokyo 2020 spot so
far, winning its pool at the FIVB Qualifier in August.
Canada’s head coach Glenn Hoag:
“With the exception of the second set, where we made too
many unforced errors, I think the guys were really well
focused. Our blocking has always been good, we want to
improve on our defense and our consistency - we lose our
focus sometimes, and start making mistakes. Now the
challenge is for the guys to go to their clubs and stay
healthy for January when we face Cuba, Mexico and Puerto
Stephen Maar, player #7 Canada:
“It’s great to play at home. We definitely found some
weaknesses in our game, so that will be important to work
on, and we’d rather figure those things out now than in
January. We feel good – our job was to qualify, we tried to
beat Cuba yesterday, but what really matters is in January.
Overall, we blocked really well and served at times quiet
well. But we made mistakes and now we can take away the
lessons from here and move forward.”
Mexico head coach, Jorge Miguel Azair Lopez:
“We didn’t play as well as what we are used to, but it’s
time to turn the page and focus on the next tournament for
us, which is the Olympic qualifier. Now the different
players go to their professional leagues in Europe and other
places, so it will be a challenge to prepare, but we will do