09/26/2013 02:23 EDT | Updated 11/25/2013 05:12 EST

Canada's volleyballers beat Mexico 3-0 to gain semifinals at NORCECA event

LANGLEY, B.C. - Canada defeated Mexico 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-12) on Wednesday, to earn a spot in the semifinals at the NORCECA Men's Volleyball Continental Championship.

The first set was close, with Canada pulling away at the end. John Gordon Perrin from Creston, B.C., had a strong match registering 15 kills. Perrin was a threat all night thanks in large part to setter Josh Howatson of Victoria giving his teammates several easy kills.

Dallas Soonias of Saskatoon also had a strong game after having a slow start, adding 12 kills.

"They pushed us on the first two sets and had a very good defence and made us work for every point. I think they are missing some important players that might help them and fought for every point," remarked captain Fred Winters.

Canada nearly advanced to the semifinals as the number-one seed, but it came down to points, and finished one point back of the U.S.

Canada will face the winner of Cuba and the Dominican Republic in the semifinals on Friday.