Langley, BC – The dream final is set for Canada as they defeated Cuba 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-21) Friday night, and will face the USA in Saturday night’s final at 8pm (Pacific). There were more than 2000 fans that turned out for Canada’s Friday night victory at the Langley Events Centre, with more expected for the Canada USA final tomorrow night.
Canada was a blocking machine in its semi-final win against Cuba, with 16 blocks as a team. Gord Perrin (Creston, BC) and Rudy Verhoeff (Calgary, AB) combined for 10 total blocks and they both led the way for Canada with 14 points apiece. There were points of the match where it just seemed like every time Perrin and Verhoeff went up to block they were getting touches and the Cubans had no answer. Canada had contribution from everyone again, and Dallas Soonias (Red Deer, AB) in particular put together another strong offensive performance adding 11 kills in the win.
Canada will face the USA for the first time since losing to them in the 2012 Olympic qualifier last year. “Our goal was to face the US in the finals and also to win this championship,” said Canadian captain Fred Winters of Victoria, BC. “We are almost there and now we are playing one of the best teams in the world.”
Canada has never won a gold at the NORCECA Championship, and tonight they have a chance to do it in front of home crowd that has been giving them an extra boost each night.
For a complete schedule and more details on the tournament visit http://www.langleyeventscentre.com/continentalvolleyball
Other Friday matches:
USA 3-1 PUERTO RICO (25-13, 24-26, 25-20, 25-16)
The United States qualified for the final at Norceca Men’s Continental Championship after a 3-1 victory over Puerto Rico (25-13, 24-26, 25-20, 25-16). Matthew Anderson was the top scorer for the American team with 15 points. Maxwell Holt and William Priddy finished with 12 apiece, while Troy Murphy tallied 11. Serving was the key for USA with a team total of 6 aces against none by Puerto Rico that showed resilience in the second set and fought hard in the third one, Puerto Rican best players were Sequiel Sánchez (9 points) and Roberto Muñiz (8 points).
BAHAMAS 3-0 SAINT LUCIA (25-17, 25-10, 25-20)
The Bahamas finished in seventh place after defeating Saint Lucia 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-20) at Norceca Men’s Continental Championship. Bahamas’ captain Prince’Tanique Wilson scored 15 points while Byron Ferguson 10. For Saint Lucia, Julian Bisset concluded with 15.