Canada Blocks Puerto Rico
Long Beach, California, May 8, 2012 – Canada used a 15-3 block
advantage to sweep Puerto Rico 25-19, 25-20, 25-13 on Tuesday
during the second day of the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic
Qualification Tournament at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach,
Calif. Canada improves to 2-0, while Puerto Rico falls to 0-2.
Toontje Van Lankvelt scored a match-high 16 points and Gavin
Schmitt contributed 15 points for Canada. Van Lankvelt and Steve
Brinkman each charted six Canadian blocks. Puerto Rico’s
Ezequiel Cruz scored nine points in the loss, followed by Juan
Figueroa’s eight points.
Canada concludes on Wednesday against Cuba (2-0) at 18:00 with
the winner capturing first place in Pool B and bye into the
semifinal round on May 11. Puerto Rico (0-2) faces Dominican
Republic (0-2) at 13:00 with both needing a victory to earn a
spot into the quarterfinal round and stay alive for the gold
medal and spot into the 2012 Olympic Games.
Canada Captain Frederic Winters: “We’ve been practicing the last
six years with the same group,” Canada captain Frederic Winters
said. “We’ve been working on our technique and system and had it
drilled into our heads. In the last three years the light has
“We need to play better defense because we are lacking
everything else,” Puerto Rico Coach Carlos Cardona said. “We can