Canada dominated the United States and secured bronze
HAVANA, Cuba, September 1, 2018 - Canada dominated the United
States 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 25-27, 25-17) and secured the bronze
medal of the Norceca U-21 Men's Tournament as two years ago in
Gatinaeu did the representation of the country.
On that occasion the US national team that took part took the
crown after a final against Cuba, which tonight is fighting for
the title again, this time against the Dominican Republic.
After 2 hours and 21 minutes of action Canada managed to
retaliate the setback suffered in the eliminator of group B when
they fell 1-3 despite the fact that by the statistics their
opponents surpassed them 53-40 in attack and in service, not in
blocking (2-8). The United States committed 45 unforced errors
to 26 by the winners.
The Canadians added double digits by the opposite Xander
Ketrzynski (18) and corner players Brodie Hofer (14) and Michael
Dowhaniuk (10), and by his opponents Jaylen Jasper (22) was the
top scorer of the challenge, while his teammate Kevin Lamp added
The Brazilian Joao Paulo Bravo, coach of Canada, cataloged the
match as difficult. "But we overcame all the difficulties, we
lost against Cuba to the final but we played well again. The
small opportunities that we had today we took advantage of
better than when we faced in Group B, because the United States
did not come out with the same serve from that day, I think that
was the difference".
Dowhaniuk, the winning captain, said that "every game we play
here we check the numbers and we are always improving, and that
happened in this game, our goal was to be a champion, one
prepares for that, but if it is not possible to continue giving
the best and we kept the bronze of the 2016 tournament."
Jonah Carson, technical director of the United States, analyzed
that "we played a line that was too dangerous and we made a lot
of mistakes, and that's what the rival takes advantage of. They
also have the ability to take different positions, now a rest
before they return to the university, and to play, and next year
the process starts again."
Corner player Devin Joslyn explained "the Canadians fulfilled
their coach's guidance, they studied us very well, the two teams
fought very hard but in the end they did better, even their
communication is very good when the ball is very high, we it but
we need a little more".