Canada to play in semifinals of U21 Pan Am Cup
Volleyball Canada – LIMA, Peru, May 8, 2019 – Canada claimed first place in Pool B of the U21 Men’s Volleyball Pan American Cup, after defeating Peru 3-1 (25-9, 26-28, 25-15, 25-15) in the closing match of the day on Tuesday at Manuel Bonilla Coliseum in Miraflores.
Alexis Tournier led the Canadian offense with 15 points, followed by Xander Ketrzynski with 14, Coltyn Liu 12 and Matthew Neaves, 10. Sebastián Calvera was the highest scorer for Peru with 10 total.
The Canadian squad dominated in attacking (46-30), blocking (9-2) and services (14-4). The unforced errors were similar: 31 Canada and 32 Peru.
“Our goal has been to get better each day, more specifically finding consistency with our on-court technical execution and our serving/block-defense relationship. The guys have been supportive of each other as we look to continue to grow together as a group and define our identity,” said Adam Simac, junior team coach.
The team advances directly to the semis. “We’ve earned a day off and have a chance to get some rest, both physically and mentally, before the medal round.”
The semifinals are on Friday, May 10, and Canada plays at 8 pm local time (9 pm ET).
In Pool A, Cuba defeated the United States 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-19) for its third consecutive victory and a total of 15 points, which earned the Cuban team first place in the pool, and the direct pass to the semifinals.
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