Canada wins its first Gold Medal in the Pan American Cup defeating Brazil

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, August 20, 2023 – Canada won its first Pan American gold medal defeating Brazil 3-1 (26-24, 25-20, 25-23, 25-22) at the XVI Men’s Senior Pan American Volleyball Cup that concluded this Sunday in Guadalajara.

In the history of Pan American Cup, Canada had lost the gold medal match in three occasions (2008, 2009, 2022); in addition, they have three bronze medals. On this occasion, Canada takes the gold medal over Brazil, having lost to them in pool-play.

Canada was led by Isaac Heslinga with 13 points, along with Byron Keturakis and Logan House with 9 points each. Brazilian Darlan Ferreira was the top scorer of the match with 24 points, and Victor Almeida added 11 points.

Canada celebrates winning gold medal

The Canadians were better in blocking 8-3 and in service points 4-1, while Brazil led in attacking points 59-52. Canada committed one less unforced error than Brazil (31-32).

Daniel Lewis, coach of Canada: “It’s impressive, this group of players has had a magnificent tournament, they have played great volleyball and that is truly impressive. Last year we lost to Cuba, but this year the work plan was followed, and we won that gold medal”.

Fynnian McCarthy, captain of Canada: “It’s been a tough summer, we’ve worked hard, and we were focused on this tournament. We can take the gold medal thanks to the great work we’ve been doing all summer”.