Pan Am Cup day one wrap-up

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 def. Bahamas 25-14, 25-12, 25-12

6:00pm       Argentina def. Panama 25-16, 25-23, 25-21

8:00pm       Brazil def. Mexico 25-22, 25-20, 25-15.





Group A Brazil def. Mexico 25-22, 25-20, 25-15

Brazil gets stronger with every set in win against Mexico

GATINEAU- Vinicius Siqueira and Paulo Silva scored 11 points each and three more players contributed 10 apiece as Brazil downed Mexico 25-22, 25-20, 25-15 in the opening match for both countries at the Pan Am Cup men’s volleyball tournament.

‘’We are happy with the result,’’ said Brazil’s coach Flavio Marinho. ‘’But it was hard because we didn’t really know the Mexican team. So we had to adjust during the match. We didn’t play our best but we hope to reach that during the competition.’’

‘’It was a tense match,’’ said Brazil’s captain Anderson Rodrigues. ‘’Both teams were trying to adjust and for us this was our first official match of the season.’’

Raphael Oliveira, Thiago Sens and Douglas Cordeiro also reached double digits for the victors who fielded their squad that is preparing for the World Military Games.

Marco Macias was the top scorer for Mexico with 11.

‘’They were a great team today,’’ said Mexican captain Jorge Quinones. ‘’We couldn’t control their serves and that complicated everything. We tried to play better and we played hard.’’

‘’We started well,’’ said Mexico’s head coach Jorge Azair. ‘’Our players worked hard to receive Brazil’s serve but we couldn’t maintain that pace. We need to be more consistent.’’

Group C Argentina def. Panama 25-16, 25-23, 25-21

Argentina withstands strong effort from Panama in last two sets

GATINEAUArgentina withstood some heavy pressure from Panama in the last two sets to win 25-16, 25-23, 25-21 in the opening match for both teams at the Pan American Cup men’s volleyball tournament.

‘’We are a young team and the first match is always difficult,’’ said Argentina’s head coach Juan Manuel Cichello. ‘’Panama was particularly strong in the second set where they were better on defence and made our job difficult.’’

‘’It was a good first match,’’ added Argentina’s captain Juan Ignacio Finoli. ‘’We started a little bit nervous and we were playing a different system but we felt we prepared very well for our next matches.’’

Augustin Ramonda led Argentina with 14 points and Federico Martina added 10. Donaldo Urena notched 12 points for Panama and Domingo Avila followed at 10.

“I want to congratulate Argentinean team,” said Panama’s head coach Sergio Balletas. “In the first set we were adjusting our game and made many mental errors especially with our services. In second and third set we were able to adjust a lot better.”

“We were very motivated to play such a great team,” added Panama’s captain Ricardo Brown. “We know they are very good and we just watched them on TV recently. We were a little stressed at times but we are proud to represent our region of Central America.”

Argentina and the U.S., are tied first in Group C at one win and no losses while Panama and Bahamas are 0-1.


Group C USA def. the Bahamas 25-14, 25-12, 25-12

Bahamas loses its Pan Am Cup debut to powerful U.S.

GATINEAU – Three-time defending champions the United States defeated the Bahamas 25-14, 25-12, 25-12 in the opening match for both teams on Monday at the Pan American Cup men’s volleyball tournament.

It was also the first match ever for the Bahamas in the history of the tournament.

‘’It was a privilege for us to play the U.S.,’’ said Bahamas head coach Raymond Wilson. ‘’It allowed to see where we are at and what we need to do in order to compete.’’

It was a special moment as well for Renaldo Knowles, a 12-year national team veteran on the Bahamian squad.

‘’It means a lot to me to compete at this tournament,’’ he said. ‘’It’s a great tournament to be a part of.’’

Princtanique Wilson led the Bahamas with seven points while Knowles and Shedrick Forbes added six each.

The U.S., was pleased with its solid start.

‘’It was good for our team to get into a game atmosphere,’’ said USA head coach Gordon Mayforth.

‘’We are very pleased with how we came out,’’ added USA team captain Robert Tarr. ‘’All the guys were chomping at the bit to get into action.’’

On Tuesday the U.S., faces Panama and Bahamas is up against Argentina.

Group 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

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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