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Canadian men qualify for worlds with third place at NORCECA championship


COLORADO SPINGS, Colo. — The Canadian men's team secured its spot in the 2018 FIVB world championship with a 3-1 win over Mexico on Sunday in the third-place match of the NORCECA men's championship.

Canada finished the tournament with a 3-1 record and the bronze medal. Mexico finishes 3-2 and will advance to the next four-team world championship qualifier.

Mexico led Canada in attacks (51-50). Canada led in aces (6-4) and blocks (10-5).

Errors proved costly for Mexico as Canada scored 32 points on Mexico's miscues while Mexico scored 21 points on Canada's errors.

Outside hitters Nick Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., and Stephen Maar of Aurora, Ont., led the scoring with 18 points each. Maar had a match-high 16 spikes and Hoag had a match-high four aces.

The Canadian Press

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