Abbotsford's Steve Marshall executes a left-footed kick that helped save the rally and eventual point for the Canadian men's team in indoor volleyball action at the Pan Am Games

Marshall with rally saving kick in Pan Am opener

Canada will look to continue their undefeated run against the U.S., Tuesday.

Abbotsford volleyball player Steve Marshall made highlight reels across North America Friday, with an unorthodox sliding kick to save a rally for Team Canada during their opening game of the 2015 Pan Am Games indoor volleyball event.

Late in the second set, with Canada up 23-16, a Canadian serve was returned by Mexico. After a dig that sent the ball deep into Canada’s backcourt, Marshall sprung into action. Forgetting concern for injury, he slid into the advertisement boards, keeping the ball up with a left-footed boot, which then allowed a teammate  to bump the ball back across the net to prolong the rally.

The Washington Post wrote that the play was, “nothing short of incredible.”

The Canadians went on to secure the point as well as the victory, beating Mexico 3-0 in sets, with Marshall earning a point and successful spike on four attempts.

Canada is currently sitting on top of Pool B at 2-0, having also beat Puerto Rico on Sunday, three sets to one.

Games were decided by just a couple of points, in Canada’s favour, in the first two sets. The men then closed out the match in the fourth set, 25-20.

Canada faces the U.S. next in the final preliminary match on Tuesday afternoon. Quarterfinal play kicks off the following day, with semi-finals slated for Friday.

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