Canada off to a good start in Reno

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RENO, USA (Aug. 13, 2015) – Canada put together a strong match and swept Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-19) in Pan American Cup pool play on Wednesday at the Reno Events Center.

Both teams will continue pool play today, as Canada faces Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico takes on Brazil.

Canada’s serving was especially tough as it led in aces, 9-2, led by opposite Casey Schouten (Winnipeg) who had four. Canada led in blocking (12-7) and in spikes (38-28). Puerto Rico scored on 23 Canada errors while committing 16.

Schouten led all scorers with 18 points on 12 spikes, two blocks and four aces. Outside hitter Jason DeRocco (East St. Paul, MB) added 12 points on eight spikes, three blocks and one ace.

Outside hitter Jackson Rivera led Puerto Rico with 13 points on a match-high 13 spikes.

Canada led for the majority of the first and second sets. The third set was closer before Canada pulled away at the end.

“This team hasn’t practiced much together so we need to improve as a team, and try to get better,” said Canada’s captain, Brett Walsh of Calgary. “We’re happy to get the win in our first match here. … We came out a little tentative and we weren’t as aggressive as we intended to be, but we got the result we wanted so we’re happy.”

Canada plays the Dominican Republic today at 1 pm (PDT).  There is no webcast, but live scoring is available from NORCECA

Report courtesy of NORCECA

Schedule : 
August 12 – Canada vs PUR  3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-19)
August 13 – Canada vs DOM (1 pm local)
August 14 – Canada vs BRA  (5 pm local)

Pan A Cup Roster:
Brett Walsh, Calgary, AB 
Jay Blankenau, Sherwood Park, AB
Nicholas Del Bianco, Surrey, BC
Jason DeRocco, East St. Paul, MB
Daniel Groenveld, Welland, ON 
Bryan Fraser, Saskatoon, SK 
Colton De Man, Calgary, AB 
Blair Bann, Edmonton, AB
Lucas Van Berkel, Edmonton, AB
Stephen Maar, Aurora, ON 
Casey Schouten, Winnipeg, MB 
Max Burt, Gander, NL 
Braden McLean, Birch Hills, SK
Daniel Jansen Van Doorn, Langley, BC 

Team Manager – Mélanie Desrochers, Montréal, QC 
Head Coach: Georges Laplante Montréal, QC 
Asst Coach: James Gravelle (Windsor, ON) & Louis-Pierre Mainville (Notre Dame de l’ile Perrot, Qc) 
Therapist – Genevieve Fortin 

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