Pan Am Volleyball Update: Canada’s men’s team still sees the podium in sight!
TORONTO, Canada, July 25, 2015 – Canada’s men’s team will play for bronze after falling to Argentina 1-3 (26-28, 25-20, 21-25, 23-25) in Friday’s semi-final showdown at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
Canada came out fighting in front of a loud home crowd, but couldn’t hold off the South Americans, who now progress to the gold medal match at the men’s volleyball tournament on Sunday. Argentina’s Facundo Conte and José Luis Gonzalez finished with 19 and 18 points, respectively, as the top scorers for the winning side. Sebastian Sole contributed 10 points and Maximiliano Gauna added nine.
Saskatoon’s Gavin Schmitt led all players with 25 points, and Gordon Perrin (Creston, BC) and Fred Winters (Victoria, BC) finished with 16 and 10 respectively. Argentina bettered Canada in attacks 61-56, and made 31 unforced errors to 23 by Canada. Argentina also had the upper hand in blocks 10-4.
“We knew we had to serve well and go after them because they’re a very good, very skilled team,” said Schmitt. “We had to come out aggressive, and we kind of did but we fell a little short. What stings is losing the first set, if we won that set it would have been a completely different story. We were up big, there’s no way we should have lost that set and gave them a gift like that. That’s unacceptable against a team like Argentina because they will take that and use it against you. … There’s still a medal to try and earn. We have to focus on that and try to get something done.”
The bronze medal match will be held at 11 am on Sunday against Puerto Rico.
“We we’ll try to rest for Sunday and get focused,” said coach Glenn Hoag. “We have other guys that can play as well so, we’ll see how it goes. Right now they’re disappointed obviously. They wanted to play for the gold medal.”