October 11, 2013, EDMOND, Oklahoma – Canada lost its opening two matches on Friday in men’s play at the 2013 ParaVolley Pan American Sitting Volleyball Zone Championships.
In its first match, the Canadians fell to the U.S. 25-19, 25-21, 25-14. The Americans led the match in kills (28-22), blocks (13-10) and aces (4-3). A few hours later, Brazil swept Canada 25-16, 25-17, 25-12.
It was Canada’s first international matches since this past April at the Defi Sportif in Montreal.
Canada’s head coach Ray Sewell was hoping for a better start against the Americans.
“Right from the start of the match, we made too many unforced errors,”” Sewell said. “In all three sets we got down early and had to play from behind, which did not allow us to put any pressure back on them. We need to have more consistency in our execution and take advantage of opportunities to put pressure on them and control the play.”
Team captain Austin Hinchey of Edmonton also felt the Canadians could have fared better.
“That was a frustrating game for us in terms of our execution and we took a step back in terms of our ability to control the ball and pace of play,” he said.
Canada, U.S. and Brazil are the three countries in the tournament. The top-two advance to the 2014 World Championships in Poland. Canada now awaits the loser of the U.S.- Brazil match on Saturday morning for its semifinal on Saturday afternoon. The final is on Sunday.