FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta – Trinity Western’s Eric Loeppky (Steinbach, Man.) tallied 19 points in a four-set quarter-final victory over Chile to help guide Canada into the semifinals at the U21 Pan Am Cup.
Canada will take on Cuba in the semifinals Saturday at 5 p.m. (PT). The game will be streamed live at www.cbc.ca/sports.
Loeppky, who was this year’s Canada West and U SPORTS Rookie of the Year, is one of four TWU athletes on the Canadian side at the U21 Pan Am Cup. Jacob Kern (Edmonton), along with incoming Spartans Derek Epp (Saskatoon, Sask.) and Jesse Elser (Calgary) are also representing the Maple Leaf.
Against Chile, Epp took over setting duties in the third set and then started the fourth set, collecting four points and four running sets. Kern and Elser each had one point in the match.
Loeppky’s quarter-final performance came on the heels of a 20-point team-leading effort in a four-set loss against tournament favourite Brazil in pool play.
Canada advanced to the quarter-finals after winning two of its three matches in pool play, beating Guatemala and Barbados.
The winner of Canada’s semifinal with Cuba will play the winner of the other semifinal between Brazil and Guatemala in Sunday’s final at 5 p.m. (PT).