Canada once again claimed victory over Cuba, this time at the NORCECA Champions Cup in Detroit, Michigan. Canada won 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-17), after two similar wins this past weekend in the opening matches of FIVB World League.
The competition in Detroit includes United States, ranked No. 1 in NORCECA, Cuba (No. 2), Canada (No. 3) and Mexico (No. 4) in competition today (May 21), Friday (May 22) and Saturday (May 23) at Joe Louis Arena.
This is the third time that Canada and Cuba have faced each other in less than a week. Again opposite Gavin Schmitt of Saskatoon led scoring for Canada with 15 points. Winnipeg’s Justin Duff had 12, and came up with some big blocks for the canucks.
“I felt really free this game, and I knew that I had a lot of options and I could really act strongly,” said Duff, a middle blocker. “We have a lot of competition ahead of us, gearing up for the Pan Am Games, which is really important. We want to establish ourselves as a top team in the world and we’re getting there. We are going to be prepared and well rested for the match against Mexico.”
The top two finishers in Detroit will qualify for the FIVB World Cup on Sept. 8 to 23 in Japan. The top two World Cup finishers will compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“We’re excited, and really happy to get a 3-0 win again over Cuba. It’s big for us to have that because they’re in our division and we’re going to have to play them when it comes to Olympic berths,” said Gord Perrin of Creston, BC, who contributed 10 points for Canada. “Tomorrow, we just have to play our game – if we play strong Canadian volleyball, we’re going to win.”
Canada def. Cuba 4 p.m. 25-22, 25-18, 25-17
USA def. Mexico 6 p.m. 25-15, 25-12, 25-17
Mexico vs. Canada, 4 p.m.
USA vs. Cuba, 6 p.m.
Cuba vs. Mexico, 4 p.m
USA vs. Canada, 6 p.m.