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Canada undefeated at Final 6 in Edmonton

Sept. 21, 2023: Canada remains undefeated after a 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16) win today over Cuba at the NORCECA Pan American Cup Men’s Final Six, September 19 to 24 at the Flair Airlines Hangar (Expo Centre), in Edmonton, Alberta.

Today, Canada led in attacking 43-39, blocking 12-8, and service aces 5-3 and also took more points from opponent errors – 38-33. Canada’s opposite Christopher Byam led the attack with 24 points. Cuban opposite Alejandro González Rodríguez led his team again today with 19 points.

“In the beginning we were making too many errors, but so was Cuba as they are also a young team,” explained Canada’s coach Dan Lewis. “Tonight, we had more info on the Cuban team and it was super important for our guys to execute based on this information. … The guys did a fantastic job. Our setter was fantastic and Byam was so physical. It also takes that mental focus to win at this level.”

Canada is now 3-0, while Cuba is 1-2. Canada plays USA on Friday at 7 pm local.

The participating teams are Canada, USA, Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. All matches will be held at the Flair Airlines Hangar (Hall D) in The Edmonton Expo Centre.

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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   

Viewing Guide:

Canada’s matches: 
All matches: Volleyball Canada’s YouTube Channel

Volleyball Canada Media Contact:
Jackie Skender
Mobile: 613-794-7676

Photo: NORCECA (Jason Franson) 

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