Canada Beats Mexico 3-0 and Earns a Semi-Final Berth at NORCECA’s
Sep 25, 2013
Team Canada finished off pool play in style with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-12) win over Mexico on day 3 of the 2013 NORCECA Men’s Volleyball Continental Championship. With the win Canada earned a bye to the semi-finals on Friday night (September 27).
The first set between Canada and Mexico was close from start to finish with Canada pulling away at the end. John Gordon Perrin from Creston, BC had a strong match for Canada registering a total of 15 kills as he led the way for Canada offensively. Perrin was a threat all night as Canada’s setter Josh Howatson did a great job spreading the ball around, giving his teammates lots of easy kills.
After a close first set Canada really took over as their block again gave them momentum. Canada had 22 blocks against Guatemala in their first match of the tournament and followed it up with a 12 block night against Mexico. Perrin led the way in the block department as well with 5, followed closely by Calgary Alberta native Rudy Verhoeff who had 3. Dallas Soonias also had a strong game for Canada after having a bit of a slow start, he really stepped up in the later sets adding 12 kills for his team.
Canada did exactly what they needed to do beating Mexico in straight sets and booking their ticket to the semi-finals. They almost earned the number one seed heading into the playoffs as it came down to points, they were only one point behind USA. Canada will enjoy another rest day tomorrow as they face the winner of Cuba and the Dominican Republic in the semi-finals.
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