Canada Takes Silver at 2013 NORCECA Falling 3-0 to the USA
Sep 28, 2013
It was not the story book ending Canada was hoping for as they fell 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-14) to the United States of America in the 2013 NORCECA Final. Canada came into the final with momentum and a monster crowd to back them up but it just wasn’t enough. The USA took home the gold and booked their ticket to the FIVB Grand Champions Cup tournament in Japan.
The first set of the final was within Canada’s grasp as they led 19-16 in the late stages but the USA closed the gap and were able to tie things up at 21-21. The two teams then traded points until the USA finished the opening set with a 25-23 comeback victory and they carried that momentum the rest of the way.
Canada struggled to get their offense going after the opening set loss as both Gord Perrin and Dallas Soonias were held to just 7 kills apiece. The game plan really changed for Canada when Captain Fred Winters went down with an ankle injury as he was unable to return. The injury to Winter’s hurt Canada the most in the passing part of their game, as he had been one of their stronger passers throughout the tournament.
The USA were led by tournament MVP Matthew Anderson who had an impressive final game adding 14 kills and 3 service aces. The Canadian block that was so dominant during the tournament had no answer for Anderson and was almost non-existent, as the USA out blocked Canada 10-6. In the end it was the serve and pass game that proved to be the difference, as the USA served lights out and were constantly able to put pressure on the Canadian passers.
It’s another learning experience for a young Canadian team that is on the rise after a solid summer of volleyball on the International stage. Canada’s recent jump from 18th to 11th in the FIVB World Rankings has been well earned through their recent success and moving forward the future looks even brighter.
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