Canada achieved a 2-0 record at the Menâ€™s U23 Pan American Cup, after defeating the Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-18, 27-25, 27-25).
Dominican team was very close to convert the third set but, some mistakes gave the chance to the Canadians to finishÂ earlier with the score on their side.
Daniel Jansen Van Doorn, Bradley Kufske were the top scorers for Canada, with 13 apiece, while Nick del Bianco scored 11, and Branden Schmidt 10.
Pedro Luis Garcia led the Dominicans with 18 points while Luis David Adames concluded with 10.
â€śWe came out with the appropriate energy and we executed our skills at a higher level. Our block defence is what pushed us to the win. Dominican played great and pushed us late but it worked out for us in the end,â€ť said Canadian captain Jarrod Offereins.
Dominican captain Wilfrido HernĂˇndez, congratulated his rivals. â€śWe were so close, it was a great match, we tried hard to make it but in the end we could not.â€ť
For Osiel Hernandez, Canada was more accurate and demanding than in the first match played against Mexico. â€śThey were so strong it was tough for us. Unfortunately we made a lot of mistakes at the end, and our captain could not do the things as expected.â€ť
Canada coach Ben Josephson stated: â€śI thought our blocking was the difference tonight. Their passing was good but our blocking was able to stop some of their great athletes. Our goal was to slow their attackers down and we did just enough to win.â€ť
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