Canada takes men’s bronze medal



TORONTO, Canada, July 26, 2015 – Hosts Canada defeated Puerto Rico 3-1 (25-11, 25-12, 23-25, 25-18) in the match for the bronze medal at the men’s volleyball tournament of the Pan American Games on Sunday morning at Toronto Exhibition Center.


Gavin Schmitt was unstoppable with 25 points to lead the way for the home side with four aces and two blocks in his tally. John Gordon Perrin and Rudy Verhoeff contributed 14 and 13 points, respectively, in the victory while Graham Vigrass chipped in with nine points.


Puerto Rico, playing without the services of Steven Morales who suffered a broken ankle in the quarterfinals, had Hector Soto and Ezequiel Cruz as their main offensive producers with 11 points apiece.


Canada dominated the stats of the match with an advantage in attacks (51-45) and huge margins both in blocks (11-3) and aces (10-0).


Glenn Hoag, Coach of Canada: “It’s a great, great result for us at home in front of our crowd and the big thing is we were a little bit disappointed losing the semis to the Argentineans. It was hard to get the guys to refocus, but they did a good job. They looked a little bit tired at the end, but they came in to bring some energy to the court and were able to finish with a bronze. I’m really happy”.


Gavin Schmitt, Player of Canada: “Really excited, really happy about it. Like I keep saying it is still a lot of bittersweet. I feel like we could be in a gold medal game but to win anything at this level and to take home the bronze and doing it in front of a home crowd is really, really amazing.”


Javier Gaspar, Coach of Puerto Rico: “Unfortunately we had a bad streak in reception. It really cost us that set and the chance to go for a fifth set. We began very well but had that bad streak against their number 5 (Rudy Verhoeff). He scored three or four points in a row, so we cannot set our side out offensive and that was the difference. However I’m so proud of my players as they came out as real warriors and finishing in top four in both genders is a great achievement for Puerto Rican volleyball.”


Mannix Roman, Player of Puerto Rico: “This has been an experience we have to achieve. Overall, playing the Pan Am Games has been a nice experience. We expect to get back in a near future after being in this position. The next time we have such a great opportunity like this we should concentrate more, knowing that we’ve reached it before, and we must get the best of it.”