PRESS RELEASE 15/10/2009

Canada pulls off a five-set victory over Dominican Republic

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico, October 15, 2009 – Canada pulled off a five-set victory against Dominican Republic advancing to a semi final match against Cuba in the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship. The score was 21-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 15-13 in two hours of play.


Louis-Pierre Mainville led four Canadians in double digits with 18 points. Tim Gourlay came from the bench to contribute 15 points and Joel Schmuland and Stephen Gotch added 12 and 11 respectively. Dominican Jose Caceres had a match-high 29 points and Victor Batista and Elnis Palomino charted 21 and 13 points respectively.


“The Dominicans played really well and it wasn’t our best match,” said Gotch, the captain of Canada. “There are some areas in our game that we need to improve. It took a while to adjust against the offense of Caceres and Batista and Palomino also played good. Now I am looking forward to our match against Cuba on Friday.”


“We were a little bit lucky,” said Vincent Pichette, the coach of Canada. “We need to be more consistent but our bench did a good job and Gourlay came in and did a great job and also our setter Olivier Faucher.”


“The inexperience cost our life because we couldn’t execute in the key moments and it destroyed us,” said Batista. “I hope this lesson is learned by our young players and help us to work harder to avoid those situations.”


“Many errors in the key moments,” said Jacinto Campechano, the Dominican coach. “Our team needs to play more matches but we also had many key points in the hands of our more experienced players.”


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