MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012
PAN AM CUP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARSHALL, VAN BERKEL HELP CANADA TO SIXTH PLACE AT PAN AM CUP
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Team Canada, with Trinity Western men’s volleyballers Steven Marshall (Abbotsford, B.C.) and Lucas Van Berkel (Edmonton, Alta.), placed sixth at the Pan Am Cup men’s volleyball tournament after falling to Mexico 3-2 (25-17, 22-25, 25-22, 18-25, 15-13) in the fifth place match Saturday.
In the final match, Marshall was amongst Canada’s statistical leaders as he collected 15 points, including 12 kills, two blocks and a service ace, in the five-set loss. Van Berkel was also effective in the team’s last outing as he added eight points, including six kills and two blocks.
Dane Pischke, who plays his university volleyball with the Manitoba Bisons, led Canada with 27 points.
“Our reception was very poor and Mexico’s serve was very good which caused problems for us,” said Canadian coach Larry McKay. “But the sets we won were well deserved with few errors. Our rivals played better but my team battled until the end.”
Marshall finished the tournament – his first time representing Canada on the indoor court – with 40 kills, 10 blocks and two aces in 16 sets. Van Berkel – who has represented Canada for the past three years, with the previous two being with the junior national team – finished the tournament with 27 kills, 10 blocks and two aces in 19 sets.
Canada, which was represented by its national B team at the annual tournament, posted an overall record at the event of 2-4. The team earned wins against Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela while suffering losses to Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Brazil and Mexico.
Last Updated: 2012-07-17