Canada wins first Men’s continental championship



CORDOBA, Mexico, October 10, 2015 - Canada conquered its first Norceca Men’s Continental Championship after winning against Cuba 3-1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-18 and 25-17).

John Gordon Perrin finished as top scorer for the Canadian team, after registering a total of 18 points. He was followed by Nicholas Hoag, who finished with 15 and Justin Duff, who scored 12. 

For Cuba, Osmany Santiago Uriarte, scored 12 points while Javier Ernesto Jimenez Scull and Rolando Cepeda tallied 10 apiece.

Both teams were tied in blocks (10-10), while Canada worked hard with the service and dominated the duel 6-2, with three aces by Hoag.

“We played Cuba many times, we played against them last summer. We know them very well so it was a very good match. You do not win gold in the Norceca championship very often so this was a big challenge for us. We are happy for this win,” said Fred Winters, captain of Canada.

Canadian coach Glenn Hoag remarked that this was a very difficult match. “We are happy for this victory. We hace played mseveral times against them. We came here missing a couple of key players, but we fought hard every point. Cuba is always a great opponent,” Hoag expressed.

“Congratulations to Canada. This was a very tough match. Anyway I appreciate all the efforts done for this result and for qualifying to the Pre-Olympic and this match showed just a little of the things that will happen at the next tournament in January,” said Rolando Cepeda, captain of Cuba.

“This was a good match not not very well played by us. We reached our goal of qualifying to the Pre-Olympic tournament and now we have to work harder for the competition next January,” Rodolfo Sanchez, coach of Cuba stated.