Canada to play for fifth place at men’s Pan Am Cup

 SANTO DOMINGO (July 13, 2012)  –Christopher Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., scored 12 points to lead Canada to a 25-18, 28-26, 25-20 victory over Venezuela on Friday in a consolation semifinal at the Pan Am Cup men’s volleyball tournament.

With the victory Canada, represented by its National B team, will face Mexico in the fifth place match on Saturday.  The Mexicans beat Trinidad and Tobago in the other consolation semifinal.

Dane Pischke of Winnipeg and Lucas Van Berkel of Edmonton also hit double digits in the scoring department with 11 and 10 points respectively.

“It was a tough match, especially because of Venezuela’s serves in the second set, but I think it was our best game,” said Canada’s captain Max Burt of Gander, N.L.

The championships semifinals are later Friday.  Argentina faces Brazil and the U.S., meets the Dominican Republic.

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


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