Canada beats Dominican Republic to finish in seventh place

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(ISN) – TIJUANA, Mexico, August 16, 2014.- Canada closed with a win on Friday at the IX
Men’s Pan Am Cup with a comeback in fourth and fifth sets, over Dominican Republic
3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 22-25, 25-16, 15-13).

Jose Caceres had a total of 22 points for the Caribbean team finishing as lead
scorer. He was followed by Elvis Contreras, who tallied 16 points, while Luis Adames
scored 12.

On the Canadian side, Bradley Gunter (Courtenay, BC), Nicholas Del Bianco (Surrey,
BC), Dallas Soonias (Red Deer, AB) and Toontje Van Lankvelt (Rivers, MB) were the
standout producers. Gunter and Van Lankvelt registered 13 points, while Del Bianco
and Soonias recorded 12 apiece.

The team, coached by Georges Laplante, finished in seventh place overall in the
final rankings. “It was a hard match. We were not playing great, but I mean a win is
a win, so we’ll take it,” Laplante said.

“We are a little disappointed with the result in this tournament. We definitively
wanted to do a lot better,” said the captain of this squad, Van Lankvelt. “It was
difficult. We really wanted to come out in the fifth set and win this match; I am
happy how the guys battled for the win.”

José Álvarez Cutiño, coach of Dominican Republic, remarked: “It was a very tense
match, very good on both sides of the net. We were confused in the last set
tactically, we could not coordinate a movement and that’s why the match cost us a
lost.”

The Pan Am Cup finals are held today (Aug. 16), with Cuba and the U.S. going for
gold. More info and photos at www.norceca.net

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