November 9, 2013 (ISN) – The men’s team representing Canada at the Final Four tournament in Mexico lost last night to the host country 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 27-25). Canada will now play Venezuela for the bronze medal today, Nov. 09, 2 pm local time (3 pm Eastern).
Mexico topped Canada in blocking (10-6), in kills (44-31) and in service points (3-2).
“Since this was Mexico’s senior team, we had a lot of information on them already,” explained Canada’s coach Vincent Pichette.
The Canadian team is made up of athletes from the national team’s full-time training centre (Gatineau, Que.), and the players are gaining valuable international experience. “The team is improving with each match, but we just weren’t able to convert points offensively … We made less direct mistakes than on Thursday (vs Dominican Republic) on serving and hitting, but Mexico is a good defensive team and were able to contain us,” said Pichette.
Tomas Aguilera topped Mexico’s offense over the net with 12 points, while Jesus Valdes chipped in with 11 points and Samuel Cordova with 10. Dane Pischke (Winnipeg, MB) was Canada’s best scorer with 14 points.
“Libero Steve Marshall (Abbotsford, BC) was solid on defense and serve receive, and Justin Boudreault is improving as our starting setter. We’re also fortunate to have Dustin Schneider (Brandon, MB) here with us, who is very good at supporting and guiding Justin on and off the court,” said Pichette.
“This is a good experience for all of us,” said Justin Boudreault of St-Joseph-de-Beauce, QC in a report on norceca.net.
This is the first event of its kind, organized by the NORCECA Volleyball Confederation and the Pan American Volleyball, and held in Gymnasium Nuevo Leon Unido of the city of Monterrey.
Please note there are no webcasts of this tournament, results and reports can be found at www.norceca.net
Team Canada Roster:
- Justin Boudreault , St-Joseph-de-Beauce, QC
- Steven Brinkman, Bowmanville, ON
- Joseph Brooks, Toronto, ON
- Mark Broome, Kelowna, BC
- Steve Gotch, Okotoks, AB
- Lee Hamilton, Regina, SK
- Jérémie Lortie, Ottawa, ON
- Steven Marshall, Abbotsford, BC
- Dane Pischke, Winnipeg, MB
- Dustin Schneider, Brandon, MB
- Andrew Stephens, Halifax, NS
- Chris Voth, Winnipeg, MB
- Vincent Pichette, Head Coach
- Frederic Charbonneau, Assistant Coach
- Chris Galbraith, Statistician
- Brett Hall, Athletic Therapist
- Frank Boyer, Team Manager