Mexico beats Canada for Pan Am Games berth

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Mexico defeated Canada 3-1 (25-18, 25-20, 20-25, 25-17) at the 2018 Men’s Pan American Cup at the Arena Cordoba in Cordoba, Mexico, on Sunday.

With the win, Mexico earned the final berth to the 2019 Pan American Games available from this qualifier by finishing fifth overall. Canada settles for sixth place.

Canada led in spikes 44-43 and in blocks 9-5, while Mexico led 6-5 in aces. Mexico limited its errors to 22, and took advantage of scoring on 41 opponent errors.

Opposite Daniel Vargas led Mexico with 18 points, with 15 kills included, and was joined by wing spiker Jorge Barajas with 14 points on kills and setter Pedro Rangel adding 11 points. Canada’s leading attackers were wing spiker Blake Scheerhoorn with 17 points, including 14 kills and 2 aces, and opposite Terrel Bramwell, who chipped in with 11 points.

Canada’s Pan Am Cup team captain Brett Walsh said: “We need to improve in every skill, have more consistency in serve, pass, set, spike, dig and block. Mexico played a really good match, we give credit to them and the crowd here was awesome, it was fun to play here.”

Final Standings: 1. Argentina, 2. Brazil, 3. Cuba, 4. Puerto Rico, 5. Mexico, 6. Canada, 7. United States, 8. Chile, 9. Colombia, 10. Dominican Republic, 11. Guatemala, 12. Peru.

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