Canadians say they need to be better after win over Puerto Rico at Pan Am Cup

Pan Am Cup men’s volleyball championships

Monday, June 13 th

11:45         Opening Ceremonies

12:30pm     Canada def. Puerto Rico 25-17, 25-17, 25-17

3:00pm       USA vs Bahamas

6:00pm       Argentina vs Panama

8:00pm       Brazil vs Mexico




Pool B  Canada def. Puerto Rico 25-17, 25-17, 25-17

Canadians say they need to be better after win over Puerto Rico at Pan Am Cup

GATINEAUCanada dominated Puerto Rico to open the Pan Am Cup men’s volleyball tournament but head coach Glenn Hoag and his players know they will have to play much better if they plan to go deep into tournament.

The Canadians won the tournament opener 25-17, 25-17, 25-17 in one hour and 17 minutes.

‘’There’s a lot of work to do and we are looking to get better,’’ said Hoag at a post match press conference. ‘’For us, this is a preparation for our Olympic qualifying tournaments later this year.’’

Gavin Schmitt of Saskatoon led the Canadian attack with 14 points while Nicholas Cundy of Edmonton added seven and Justin Duff of Winnipeg and Fred Winters of Victoria six each.

‘’It was great to be back in the Canadian uniform,’’ said Schmitt, who played professionally in South Korea this past winter. ‘’We are working on getting back into the system and right now we need to focus on execution and cohesion.’’

Ezequiel Cruz was the top scorer for Puerto Rico with 10 points while Ulises Maldonado added nine.

‘’We are here to obtain some valuable experience,’’ said Puerto Rico’s head coach Ariel Diaz. ‘’We have some young guys who have never played together before. We made a lot of mistakes while Canada served and blocked really well.’’

‘’We haven’t been practicing that long together and this was the first match for our group,’’ added Puerto Rico’s captain Eduardo Goas.

Puerto Rico plays the Dominican Republic Tuesday and Canada is back in action Wednesday against the Dominicans.

Canadian roster: Nicholas Cundy, Edmonton, Dan Lewis, Oakville, Ont.; Brock Davidiuk, Edmonton; Justin Duff, Winnipeg; Joel Schmuland, Edmonton; Steve Brinkman, Bowmanville, Ont.; Gavin Schmitt, Saskatoon; Olivier Faucher, Quebec City; Adam Kaminski, Chatham, Ont.; Fred Winters, Victoria; Steve Gotch, Okotoks, Alta.; John Gord Perrin, Creston, B.C.

Head coach: Glenn Hoag, Gatineau, Que.

Assistant coach: Vincent Pichette, Gatineau.

Remaining schedule

Monday, June 13 th

3:00pm       USA vs Bahamas

6:00pm       Argentina vs Panama

8:00pm       Brazil vs Mexico


Tuesday, June 14 th

1:00pm       Argentina vs Bahamas

3:00pm       USA vs Panama

6:00pm       Venezuela vs Mexico

8:00pm       Dominincan Republic vs Puerto Rico


Wednesday June 15 th

1:00pm       Panama vs Bahamas

3:00pm       Brazil vs Venezuela

6:00pm       USA vs Argentina

8:00pm       Canada vs Dominican Republic


Thursday June 16th

1:00pm       Consolation Quarter Final

3:00pm       Consolation Quarter Final

6:00pm       Championship Quarter Final

8:00pm       Championship Quarter Final


Friday, June 17th

11:00am     9th place match

1:00pm       Consolation Semi Final

3:00pm       Consolation Semi Final

6:00pm       Championship Semifinal

8:00pm       Championship Semifinal


Saturday, June 18th

1:00pm       7th place match

3:00pm       5th place match

6:00pm       Bronze medal match

8:00pm       Gold medal match

                  Closing Ceremonies

 (all matches at Centre Robert Guertin, Gatineau)

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