The NORCECA Pan Am Cup at the Centre Slush Puppie in Gatineau, Quebec has already seen some exciting match-ups in the pool phase and on Thursday (Aug. 12), the event enters into the playoffs.

In Group A, Cuba and USA, both 2-0 so far, are proving tough to beat, and face each other at 5 pm today. Group B seems difficult to predict, with Mexico going undefeated so far. Canada (1-1) faces Brazil this evening in the 7 pm match.

“There are so many great countries here…,” explained Canada’s coach Dan Lewis. “We hardly ever see Chile; Brazil is younger, but they are highly skilled and they’re big so it’s super fun to play a group like that. Cuba’s A team just qualified for VNL, are now near the top 10 best teams in the world, with maybe arguably one of the best serving teams in the world. So I think opportunity to compete first for the (Canadian) guys, and then to actually be competing against some very talented teams, is really good for them.”

Canada’s roster
Luke Herr (captain) Winnipeg, MB
Max Elgert, Edmonton, AB
Fynn McCarthy, Lake Country, BC
Jordan Schnitzer, Surrey, BC
Xander Ketrzynski, Toronto, ON
Marc Wilson, Stratford, ON
Brodie Hofer, Langley, BC
Jordan Canham, Avonmore, ON
Sam Cooper, Hamilton, ON
Mathias Elser, Calgary, AB
Cole Ketrzynski, Toronto, ON
Logan House, Barrie, ON
Justin Lui (libero), Pickering, ON
Jordan Pereira (libero), St. Catharines, ON

Dan Lewis – Head Coach
Brad Hudson – Assistant Coach
Grant Wilson – Assistant Coach
Lionel Bonnaure – Statistician
Melissa Healy – Therapist
Georges Laplante – Team Manager