Cuba hands Canada quarter-final setback

Former Wesmen Justin Duff goes up for a swing against Cuba during the Pan-American Cup on Friday in Mexico. (FIVB photo)
Former Wesmen Justin Duff goes up for a swing against Cuba during the Pan-American Cup on Friday in Mexico. (FIVB photo)

Canada's quest for gold at the Pan-American Cup has been stopped short.

The Canadian Senior B men's volleyball team had its run toward the top of the podium stunted by Cuba Friday in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-23) quarter-final setback in Veracruz, Mexico.

The Canadian team, coached by current Winnipeg Wesmen head coach Larry McKay and featuring former Wesmen Justin Duff and Logan Brennan, won its first two matches of the tournament before losing to Brazil on Thursday to finish second in its pool. Canada followed that up with a loss to Cuba, which remained undefeated and to the semifinal round where it will face Argentina.

Canada will play one last match, a 5/6 qualification match against Mexico on Sunday.

Duff finished with nine kills on 15 swings against Cuba. Brennan, who appeared in three sets against Brazil, was the back-up libero on Friday.

In addition to McKay, Duff and Brennan, U of W athletic therapist Ben Trunzo is the team's head medical staffer.

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