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Canada overcome USA in tough 3-2 duel at NORCECA Champions Cup final

 
Steven Marshall led Canada with 21 points in the title match of the NORCECA Grand Champions Final Four Cup
 
Detroit, USA, May 23, 2015 – Canada won the tough duel against the United States 3-2 (25-22, 19-25, 21-25, 25-21, 17-15) in the final match of the NORCECA Men’s Champions Cup on Saturday at Joe Louis Arena.

Canada won all their matches in the Round Robin tournament while the United States finished second with two match victories and one loss. Both teams qualified for the 2015 FIVB Volleyball World Cup in Japan, which is the first chance to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Cuba placed third with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-15) win over Mexico in Saturday’s first match.

Canadian libero Daniel Lewis was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. He was credited for 15 digs and 21 excellent receptions in the final match.

After fighting back to win the fourth set, Canada held a 12-10 lead in the fifth. USA fought back with a kill from Murphy Troy and a Matthew Anderson ace to tie it and the teams battled back and forth.

Canada reached match point at 14-13, but its next serve went into the net. USA reached match point at 15-14, but also served into the net. At 15-15, Canada scored on an attack by Frederic Winters and an ace by Graham Vigrass to win the match. 

“Our block defence did a pretty good job tonight,” Canada coach Glenn Hoag said. “Our young setter TJ (Tyler Sanders) did a pretty good job of changing it up as we know USA have a really strong block. We also handled their serves as that was the hardest thing with them being such a great serving team.”

Canada led in kills at 64-63 while USA led in blocks 8-3 and aces 12-9. Canada scored 31 points on United States' errors while it gave up 25. 

“We had lots of good opportunities; we just have to get better in a lot of different ways,” USA coach John Speraw said. “We do some pretty impressive things. We are a physical team. We can make some great block moves. We can bang it a bit. We don’t always maintain the level we need to take care of the little things. There are some aspect of the personnel on the floor that we need to work on.”

Canadian opposite Steven Marshall, playing for usual starter Gavin Schmitt, led his team with 21 points on 18 kills, one block and two aces. Outside hitter Toontje Van Lankvelt added 15 points on 14 kills and one ace.

USA outside hitter Matt Anderson led all scorers with 24 points on 18 attacks, three blocks and three aces. Opposite Murphy Troy added 18 points on 18 kills. 

Tournament Results

May 21, 2015

Canada d Cuba 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-17)
United States d Mexico 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-17)

May 22, 2015

Canada d Mexico 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-13)
United States d Cuba 3-1 (20-25, 25-17, 25-10, 25-14)

May 23, 2015

Cuba d Mexico 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-15)
Canada d United States 3-2 (25-22, 19-25, 21-25, 25-21, 17-15)

Top Scorer by Day
24- Rolando Cepeda of Cuba v Canada (May 21)
17- Matt Anderson of United States v Cuba (May 22)
24- Matt Anderson of United States v Canada (May 23)

Top Scoring Performances
24- Rolando Cepeda of Cuba v Canada (May 21)
24- Matt Anderson of United States v Canada (May 23)
21- Steven Marhall of Canada v United States (May 23)
18- Murphy Troy of United States v Canada (May 23)
17- Matt Anderson of United States v Cuba (May 22)
17- Fred Winters of Canada v United States (May 23)

Top Blocking Performances
4- Justin Duff of Canada v Cuba (May 21)
4- Micah Christenson of United States v Mexico (May 21)
4- Micah Christenson of United States v Cuba (May 22)
4- Livan Osoria of Cuba v Mexico (May 23)
4- David Lee of United States v Canada (May 23)

Top Serving Peformances
7- Maxwell Holt of United States v Mexico (May 21)
4- Tyler Sanders of Canada v Cuba (May 21)
4- Murphy Troy of United States v Mexico (May 21)

Top Team Blocking Performances
12- Canada v Cuba (May 21)
11- United States v Cuba (May 22)
10- Cuba v Mexico (May 23)

Top Team Serving Peformances
15- United States v Mexico (May 21)
12- United States v Canada (May 23)
10- Canada v Cuba (May 21)
10- United States v Cuba (May 22)

Highest Scoring Sets
25-22 Canada v Cuba (1st Set) (May 21)
25-22 Cuba v Mexico (2nd Set) (May 23)
25-22 Canada v United States (1st Set) (May 23)

Highest Scoring Matches
215- Canada d United States 3-2 (25-22, 19-25, 21-25, 25-21, 17-15) (May 23)




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