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
Steven Marshall, Trinity Western University, Abbotsford
Dane Pischke, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
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
Information: www.norcea.net and www.volleyball.ca