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 mens 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 Canadas coach Glenn Hoag. I think its good for us to play another match. Mexico is a young team that can play really well.