PRESS RELEASE June/06/2008

Canada makes it to the Gold Medal Match 

WINNIPEG, Canada, June 6, 2008.- Canada will be playing in the gold medal match following their victory over Mexico. After a scary first set, the Canucks did not dissapoint their fans and won the next three sets. Set scores were: 18-25, 25-22, 25-12, 25-18. 

Canada kept doing mistakes in the first set and seemed unable to pass the Mexican serve. But a few good blocks in the second set gave the momentous back to the Canadians and they did not loose it until the end of the match, blocking everything coming their way. Team Mexico showed great defense but could not follow the enchanted Canadians. With a lead of 16-6 in the third set and of 14-7 in the fourth set, team Canada showed they really wanted a shot at the gold medal.  

The Canadian leader was Gavin Schmitt with 13 attacks, 4 blocks and 1 ace for a total of 18 points. He is followed by Nicholas Cundy, who earned 14 points for Canada. On the Mexican side, Irving Bricio got 15 points.  

“We went throught difficult stages and the Mexicans did not make a lot of mistakes. We were not totally prepared for that but with some changes on the court, we managed to do very well in the other sets” declared Canadian coach Glenn Hoag 

Mexican coach Jorge Azair congratulated Team Canada: “Canada is a very strong team and played well tonight. We had very good first and second sets but could not keep up the pace. We are a young inexperience team but are learning a lot. Playing against good team like Canada gives us maturity.”  

Canada will be playing tomorrow against USA, for the Gold medal of the 2008 Men’s Pan American Cup.

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