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Canada’s men seal spot to Poland

Canada men's team clinched their spot to the FIVB World Championship on Monday at Hershey Centre
Mississauga, Canada, May 19, 2014 - Canada sealed a spot in the 2014 FIVB World Championships in Poland, defeating Costa Rica in straight sets 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-16) at the NORCECA Men’s Third Round Pool Q Qualification Tournament on Monday.

Canada’s coach, Glenn Hoag, again switched up his line-up for today’s gold medal match, giving all his players playing time at this tournament in preparation for the upcoming World League tournament. 

Dallas Soonias and Gord Perrin led scoring for Canada with 13 points each, followed by captain Fred Winters with 12.

Canada kept Costa Rica’s top scorer Richard Smith Hall in check and he only managed five points today, and Alberto Blanco also contributed five.
Now Costa Rica will have to go through another round of qualification for a chance at the trip to Poland in the fall of 2014. 

Trinidad and Tobago defeated Panama 3-1 (25-19, 26-28, 25-20, 25-19) in the hard fought bronze medal.

Simon Blake led Trinidad’s scoring with 19 points, followed by Ryan Stewart with 17. Opposite Edward Diaz contributed 16 to Panama’s effort. 

“We came here to qualify for the Worlds and we did that – at the same time we got that chance to rotate the players, and to play in a big gym, which is what we’ll expect in World League. We have a lot to work on because the guys have just come together after the pro season.  Our next opponents (Finland) will be much harder. We needed to get go through this process and now we’ve got our ticket to Poland.” - Glenn Hoag, Canada’s Coach. 

“I’m not really happy with my game.  This wasn’t exactly our best effort, but we met our goal.  I’m not where I want to be right now.  It is great to be back playing with these guys and playing for your country.”  -  Dallas Soonias, Opposite of Canada

“I think we did better today than yesterday. This team was different than the one we played yesterday. It’s something that they like to do, they practice for this. They practice for another level of play, so we just did what we could to defend a little bit and have good serves and that helped us a lot.” – Richard Smith Hall, Costa Rica’s Captain

“They’re a professional team, and we got a little bit better at our reception of the ball today. We definitely considered that we would able to make it to the next round and go to the World Championships.” – Cesar Salas, Costa Rica’s Coach


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