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NORCECA M: Canada Keeps Olympic Dream Alive with Win Over Puerto Rico

by WoV
source: norceca.org

Canada secured a ticket into the gold-medal match of the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament by rallying past Puerto Rico 22-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 15-11 on Friday evening in a semifinal match at Long Beach, Calif.


Canada – Puerto Rico

Canada received balanced scoring with five players in double-figure scoring led by Fred Winters’ 19 points. Toontje Van Lankvelt, Gavin Schmitt and Justin Duff all notched 13 points for Canada and Dallas Soonias chipped in 12 points after entering the match mid-way through the third set to help turn the tide.

Puerto Rico’s Juan Figueroa piled up a match- and tournament-high 30 points, while teammate Ezequiel Cruz added 20 points and Jose Rivera followed with 14 points.

Canada controlled the net with a 15-8 block advantage. Puerto Rico held the offensive advantage with a 71-64 attack margin and 6-2 edge in aces. Earlier in the tournament Canada defeated Puerto Rico in the preliminary round en route to finishing 3-0 in Pool B and advanced directly to the semifinals. Puerto Rico reached the semifinals after needing to win a quarterfinal round match following a 1-2 Pool B record.

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