RENO, USA – Venezuela and Canada battled for five sets before the South Americans pulled out the 25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 17-25, 19-17 win on Monday night for the bronze medal at the Pan American Cup at the Reno Events Center.
Venezuela finishes the tournament in third at 4-2 and Canada finishes fourth at 3-3. Brazil won gold over Argentina, also yesterday.
After Canada and Venezuela split the first four sets, the fifth set was a battle back and forth. With the score tied 13-13, Venezuela took the first match point on Canada’s hitting error, but then Venezuela served out of bounds. Venezuela took match point two more times before Canada took its first match point at 17-16, but then it hit the ball out of bounds. At 17-17, Venezuela outside hitter Willner Rivas served an ace and Kervin Pinerua followed with an attack through the block for the victory.
Canada led in all three scoring categories: kills (66-64), blocks (13-3) and aces (7-5). Canada’s hitting efficiency was .455 while Venezuela’s was .374.
Venezuela scored 32 points on Canada errors while committing 26. Pinerua led Venezuela with 18 points on 18 spikes. Outside hitters Maximo Montoya and Rivas each added 17 points.
Canadian outside hitter Stephen Maar led all scorers with 24 points on 18 spikes, four blocks and two aces. Opposite Casey Schouten added 18 points on 12 spikes, one block and a match-high five aces.
“We learned a lot. We’re a fairly young team and we gained some good experience,” said Canada’s captain Brett Walsh. “Sometimes we were a little too overzealous, so I think that’s a valuable lesson for us going forward.”
Canada’s Schouten won the tournament’s best server and best opposite awards; and Stephen Maar was named 1st outside spiker.
Results, photo and report from NORCECA.
Pan A Cup Roster:
Brett Walsh, Calgary, AB
Jay Blankenau, Sherwood Park, AB
Nicholas Del Bianco, Surrey, BC
Jason DeRocco, East St. Paul, MB
Daniel Groenveld, Welland, ON
Bryan Fraser, Saskatoon, SK
Colton De Man, Calgary, AB
Blair Bann, Edmonton, AB
Lucas Van Berkel, Edmonton, AB
Stephen Maar, Aurora, ON
Casey Schouten, Winnipeg, MB
Max Burt, Gander, NL
Braden McLean, Birch Hills, SK
Daniel Jansen Van Doorn, Langley, BC
Team Manager – Mélanie Desrochers, Montréal, QC
Head Coach: Georges Laplante Montréal, QC
Asst Coach: James Gravelle (Windsor, ON) & Louis-Pierre Mainville (Notre Dame de l’ile Perrot, Qc)
Therapist – Genevieve Fortin