USA finish first in preliminary round

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 7, 2021 – United States qualified in first position of the standings at the Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup after winning a close match against Canada 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 31-29, 18-25, 15-13) on Tuesday.


Grant Sloane led United States with 17 points followed by Cole Gillis (14), Merrit McHenry (12) and Shane Holdaway (10).


Canada’s Brodie Hofer and Jesse Elser each tallied 24 points as top scorers in the match while Isaiah Olfert and Jackson Howe finished with 12 apiece.


Andy Read, coach of United States: “Both teams played really hard. It was a high level game of volleyball, very entertaining to watch. We were focused on the possibility of playing five sets and we are so glad about finishing first in the pool”.


Ben Josephson, coach of Canada: “We lost many opportunities of winning this match. We’ll have to look back and see where we failed. The USA team did a good job and their services worked perfectly. Hopefully we can see each other in the final. All depends on tomorrow’s results”.