Canada Medals in Men’s Volleyball on Home Soil in Pan Am Games.
While the men’s volleyball team may have envisioned a gold medal, they achieved a celebratory bronze in the Pan American Games this year. Canada won the bronze medal over Puerto Rico in a 3-1 victory. This matches Canada’s best men’s volleyball result: a bronze medal in 1999 in Winnipeg.
Canada showed their men’s volleyball prowess early by winning the first two games against Puerto Rico, partly due to Puerto Rico’s poor play,
“Part of the reason we played so well is Puerto Rico played so poorly in the first two sets,” said Canada’s Frederic Winters. “They played better in the third and in the fourth, but we kept our composure, which was nice to see.”
Captain Gavin Schmitt of Saskatoon was a superstar and led the Canadians in winning 25 points. This was thanks to converting 19 of 27 spike attempts and scoring four points with his brutal serve.
Other high point winners in the games included Gord Perrin of Creston, B.C. and Calgary’s Rudy Verhoeff who won 14 and 13 points respectively.
Canada lost the semifinals 3-1 to Argentina putting them out of contention for the gold medal. Argentina is ranked 6th in the world compared to Canada, ranked 14th.
“It’s nice to medal on home soil,” said Canada’s Adam Simac. “It’s not the colour we were looking for, it’s not the colour that we had envisioned ourselves winning a few weeks ago when
we really talked about this in all seriousness.
“I’m really proud of the guys for bouncing back today after a sub-par performance against Argentina.”
In the final standings, Brazil won both men’s and women’s volleyball silver medals and Argentina won gold in men’s volleyball. In the women’s event, the United States took gold and the Dominican Republic won bronze.Canada’s women’s volleyball finished eighth seeing the United States win the gold.
“This article was written by award-winning mental health writer and speaker, Natasha Tracy.”