Canada advances at the NORCECA Men’s Championship
CHARLESTON, West Virginia (Sept. 7, 2023): Canada beat Mexico 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-20) at the NORCECA Men’s Senior Continental Championship on Wednesday at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center to top Group A.
Canada won its three-team pool at 2-0 and advances directly to the semis to be played on Sept. 9. Mexico will play the Dominican Republic on Thursday to determine second place in the pool.
Last evening, Canada led Mexico in attacks (42-26), blocks (6-4) and aces (7-0). Mexico scored 26 points on Canada errors while giving up 20.
Outside hitter Eric Loeppky led all scorers with 13 points on 10 attacks and a match-high three aces. Canadian teammate Stephen Maar added 11 points on nine attacks, one block and one ace.
Mexico opposite Luis Hernadez Baca led his team with 11 points on 10 kills and one block. Middle blocker Victor Parra Valenzuela had a match-high of three blocks.
Canada’s coach Tuomas Sammelvuo was pleased with the victory despite the high amount of service errors from Team Canada: “Our side out and attack were at a very good level. The motor kept going and gave us a chance to play at a high level, but we have to serve better!”
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Team Canada (men):
Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke, QC
Stephen Maar, Aurora, ON
Lucas Van Berkel, Edmonton, AB
Arthur Szwarc, Toronto, ON
Eric Loeppky, Steinbach, MB
Danny Demyanenko, Toronto, ON
Brett Walsh, Calgary, AB
Samuel Cooper, Hamilton, ON
Pearson Eshenko, Banff, AB
Jordan Schnitzer, Surrey, BC
Jordan Canham, Avonmore, ON
Luke Herr, Winnipeg, MB
Justin Lui, Pickering, ON
Landon Currie, Vernon, BC
Head coach: Tuomas Sammelvuo
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