Canada Holds Back Mexico to Reach NORCECA Title Match

 Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA (Aug. 31, 2012) – Canada advanced to the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship gold-medal match with a 25-17, 25-18, 24-26, 25-21 victory over Mexico on Friday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Canada will face the United States for the gold medal. With the wins Canada also advances to the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Junior Continental Championship.

Canada had balanced scoring with nine of its available 11 players scoring at least one point and five players in double digits. Dany Demyanenko led Canada with 18 points, while Alexander William Russell added 12 points in the victory. Jarrid Michael Ireland and Brook Alois Sedore scored 11 points and Ryley Brendan Barnes tacked on 10 points.

Canada’s block provided a 13-5 scoring edge over Mexico, in addition to a 60-54 edge in kills. Canada was credited with a 37-30 advantage in digs led by Tyler Koslowsky’s 14

Canada’s block was dominant throughout the opening set with five in the 25-17 victory. Canada also held its errors to three in the set and used seven Mexico errors to its advantage. Canada used consecutive aces by Milan Nikic to reach a 16-11 lead at the second technical timeout of the second set and forged ahead to a 25-18 victory. Canada opened the third set leading 3-0, but Mexico came back to square the set at 8-all. The set stayed close the rest of the way as Mexico tied the set up at 23-all after trailing by two most of the way. Mexico saved one match point and took the set 26-24 on a Canada error. Mexico came back from an 8-5 deficit in the fourth set to take a 14-12 advantage. Back-to-back Canada blocks put it back in front 17-16 and went up 21-18. Canada finished set at 25-21 with the final four of five points.

“I like how we are when we are system, but when out of system we have something to work on,” said Canada’s head coach Dave Preston. “We have one more practice session to get better and have a chance to win a continental championship.”

“We knew it would be a battle as they are a high-energy team,” Canada captain Milan Nikic said. “We started the first two sets running the game plan, but Mexico stepped up its game in the third set. We know we have some things to work on for tomorrow.”

The final is on Saturday.

Roster

 

Milan

Nikic

Calgary, AB

Setter

Joshua

McKay

Winnipeg, MB

Setter

Danny

Demyanenko

Toronto, ON

Middle

Jim

Bell

Surrey, BC

Middle

Alex

Russell

Surrey, BC

Middle

Ryley

Barnes

St-Paul, AB

Leftside

Dan

Groenveld

Welland, ON

Leftside

Brook

Sedore

Grande Prairie, AB

Leftside

Stephen

Maar

Aurora, ON

Leftside

Jarrid

Ireland

Winnipeg, MB

Opposite

Andrew

Nelson

Regina, SK

Opposite

Tyler

Koslowsky

Abbotsford, BC

Libero

 

Staff

 

Coach

Dave

Preston

 

Ass.Coach

Brad

Poplawski

 

Ass.Coach

Shane

St-Louis

 

Therapist

Caroline

Pelletier

 

Therapist

Luc

Campbell

 

Coordinator

Sophie

Gadoury

 

Statistician

Nathan

Janzen

 

 

Information: www.norceca.net and www.volleyball.ca