Canada smashes way into quarters

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

OTTAWA - Gavin Schmitt of Saskatoon scored 20 points to lead Canada to a 25-18, 25-23, 25-14 victory over the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night and a berth in the quarter-finals at the Pan Am Cup men’s volleyball tournament in Gatineau, Que.

The Canadians finished the round-robin atop Pool B at 2-0.

Brazil and the U.S., first in Group A and C respectively, get byes to the semis because they had the best points for-and-against ratio among the first place teams.

Canada joins the three second-place teams in the quarters and will face Mexico Thursday night at 8 p.m. at the Robert Guertin Centre. The other quarter-final pits Argentina against Puerto Rico.

“There are areas we showed improvement, especially our serving which was very good (Wednesday),’’ said Canada’s coach Glenn Hoag. ‘’I think it’s good for us to play another match. Mexico is a young team that can play really well.’’


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