Canada finishes in seventh place at Mens Pan Am Cup


TIJUANA, Mexico, August 15, 2014.- Canada closed with a win his participation at IX Men’s Pan Am Cup with a comeback in fourth and fifth sets, by beating Dominican Republic 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 22-25, 25-16, 15-13).


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


On the Canadian side, Bradley Gunter, Nicholas Del Bianco, Dallas Soonias and captain Toontje Van Lankvelt were the best weapons. Gunter and Van Lankvelt registered 13 points, while Del Bianco and Soonias recorded 12 apiece.


The team coached by Georges Laplante concluded in seventh place overall in the final rankings. “It was a hard match. We are not playing great but, I mean a win is a win, so We’ll take it. We just have a lot of things to work on,” Laplante said.


“We are a little dissapointed with the result in this tournament. We definitively wanted to do a lot better,” said Canadian captain Van Lankvelt. “It was diffifult. We really wanted to come out in the fifth set and win this match I am happy how the guys wanted and 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 costed us a lost.”