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)

Alberta

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

 

Manitoba

Dane Pischke, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

 

New Brunswick

Jacob Kilpatrick, National Training Centre, St. John

 

Newfoundland and Labrador

Max Burt, National Training Centre, Gander

 

Ontario

Sander Ratsep, National Training Centre, London

Reid Halpeny, National Training Centre, Grand Bend

 

Quebec

Chris Hoag, University of Calgary, Sherbrooke

 

Saskatchewan

Braden McLean, University of Saskatchewan, Birch Hills

 

Staff:

 

Head coach: Lawrence McKay

 

Assistant coach: Stephen Michael Leknois assistant-coach

 

Assistant coach: Tilen Kozamernik

 

Athletic therapist: Luc Campbell

 

Team manager: Sophie Gadoury

 

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