Canada falls to Dominican Republic at men’s Pan Am Cup

 SANTO DOMINGO (July 10, 2012) – The Dominican Republic swept Canada 25-23, 25-20, 25-17 on Tuesday evening in round robin action at the Pan American Cup men’s volleyball tournament.

With the win, the Dominicans remain undefeated at two wins and no losses while Canada, represented by its national B team, is winless after two matches. 

Braden McLean of Birch Hill, Sask., was the top Canadian scorer with eight points while Max Burt of Gander, N.L., and Jacob Kilpatrick added seven apiece.

‘’We played with little intensity,’’ said Burt, the Canadian team captain.  ‘’They were well prepared.’’

In the other group A match, Argentina defeated Trinidad and Tobago 25-10, 25-18, 24-26, 25-11.  Argentina is also 2-0 while Trinidad and Tobago are 0-2.  Canada faces Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday with a berth in the quarterfinals on the line.

In Group B, the U.S., and Brazil are both 2-0 while Mexico and Venezuela are 0-2.


Canadian team for the Pan American Cup men’s volleyball tournament July 9-14 in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic (name, school or club, hometown)



Lucas Van Berkel, Trinity Western University, Edmonton

Ciaran McGovern, National Training Centre, Grande Prairie

Jay Blankeneau, University of Calgary, Calgary

Blair Bann, National Training Centre, Edmonton


British Columbia

Steven Marshall, Trinity Western University, Abbotsford



Dane Pischke, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg


New Brunswick

Jacob Kilpatrick, National Training Centre, St. John


Newfoundland and Labrador

Max Burt, National Training Centre, Gander



Sander Ratsep, National Training Centre, London

Reid Halpeny, National Training Centre, Grand Bend



Chris Hoag, University of Calgary, Sherbrooke



Braden McLean, University of Saskatchewan, Birch Hills




Head coach: Lawrence McKay


Assistant coach: Stephen Michael Leknois assistant-coach


Assistant coach: Tilen Kozamernik


Athletic therapist: Luc Campbell


Team manager: Sophie Gadoury