Canada advanced to the quarterfinals on Wednesday defeating Trinidad and Tobago 25-15, 25-22, 25-23 at the Pan Am Cup menâ€™s volleyball tournament.
The Canadians, represented by its national B team,Â and Trinidadians were tied for third spot in Group A after both losing their opening two matches.Â The top-three in each of the two groups advance to the playoff round.
“We have achieved all the goals we set for ourselves and have gained experience as a young team,” said Max Burt of Gander, N.L. “We were executing the plays and although the first set was easy, the others were well fought.”
Christopher Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., and Lucas Van Berkel of Edmonton led the Canadians with 10 points each.
“We were forced to work hard after the first set and we showed improvement game after game,” said Canadaâ€™s head coach Larry McKay.Â “We made good shots and our service went through good rallies that got the victory. It was difficult at the end of the third set but we took full advantage of some mistakes.”
Canada faces Brazil in its quarterfinal on Thursday.
Canadian team for the Pan American Cup menâ€™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
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