Sept. 22, 2023: Team USA beat Canada today at the NORCECA Pan American Cup Men’s Final Six, held September 19 to 24 at the Flair Airlines Hangar (Expo Centre), in Edmonton, Alberta.
Canada came out strong, winning the first set, but then struggled against its North America rivals ending in a 1-3 (25-22, 14-25, 20-25, 17-25) loss in Friday night.
The US led in attack points 46-37, blocks 18-7, and service aces 4-2. Errors were 30-29, in favor of Canada.
USA’s captain Patrick Gasman scored 17 points to lead all scorers with 17 points. Canada’s captain Isaac Heslinga led the home team with 10 points.
Canada’s Next Gen head coach, Dan Lewis, said: “You cannot be unorganized against a disciplined team. If you don’t adapt during the game, then the other team exploits your weaknesses and that’s what happened today. … It’s a long tournament – we have to rest and get ready for the match tomorrow (against Mexico).”
USA remains undefeated (4-0), while Canada is 3-1.
The participating teams are Canada, USA, Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. All matches are at the Flair Airlines Hangar (Hall D) in The Edmonton Expo Centre.
Tickets, with group rates for 20-plus, are available at www.ticketmaster.ca
Team Canada (Final 6)
Christopher Byam, Bow Island, AB
Jonah Dueck, Rosenort, MB
Reeve Gingera, Calgary, AB
Mason Greves, Calgary, AB
Isaac Heslinga, Orangeville, ON
Zachary Hollands, Victoriaville, QC
Liam Kristjanson, Oak River, MB
Isaiah Mamer, Wilkie, SK
Darian Picklyk, Winnipeg, MB
Jonathan Portelance, Sherbrooke, QC
Jacob Sargent, Lethbridge, AB
Kaden Schmidt, Mississauga, ON
Cory Schoenherr, Waterloo, ON
James Vincett, Calgary, AB
Dan Lewis, Head Coach
Georges Laplante, Assistant Coach
Yung Yung Wong, Sport Physiotherapist
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