Abbotsford’s Steve Marshall and the Canadian men’s indoor volleyball team will face Argentina in the semi-finals this afternoon (Friday) at the Pan Am Games.
The Canadians last took to the court against the U.S. Tuesday, winning 3-2 in sets, which helped them lock up the top spot in Pool B, granting them a bye in the quarterfinal round.
Argentina dominated the U.S. 3-0 in sets in their quarterfinal match on Wednesday to advance to the next round.
Canada and Argentina are no strangers on the court. The two sides faced one another in FIVB World League action last month.
Marshall was outstanding, notching a team-high in points in two games versus the South American side. However, overall, the Canadians were 1-3 against Argentina, losing 3-2, 3-1 and 3-2 in sets following a win in their opening meeting at the FIVB tournament.
At Pan Am, against the U.S., on Tuesday, Marshall landed three spikes on 10 attempts, securing three points for his side but went zero-for-four on kill blocks.
The Abbotsford product also played in the opening match against Mexico, where he tallied one spike and a successful dig, not to mention a highlight reel sliding left boot to help save a rally for the Canadians late in the second set.
The undefeated men’s side enters this fray with the best win-loss ratio by way of sets, with a 9-3 overall record across all matches at Pan Am.