Canada wins thriller to advance to Olympic qualifying final
LONG BEACH, California (May 11, 2012) – Canada showed its bench strength to defeat Puerto Rico in a five-set thriller on Friday to advance to the final and play for a spot in the Olympics Games at the NORCECA Olympic qualifier in men’s volleyball.
The set scores were 22-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 15-11.
Schneider and right side Dallas Soonias of Red Deer, Alta., came off the bench in the third set and played pivotal roles in
‘’Sometimes in volleyball a team can get a beat on how you are playing,’’ said Schneider, in his first big match test since undergoing knee surgery in March. ‘’Dallas and I play a bit differently and the change up seem to work. It just shows how everyone on this team can contribute.’’
Team captain Fred Winters of
‘’We’ll need to impose our rhythm more in the final,’’ said
Left Sides: Nicholas Cundy, Edmonton; Toontje Van Lankvelt, Rivers, Man.; Fred Winters, Victoria; Gord Perrin, Creston, B.C.
Middle Blockers: Justin Duff,
Setters: Josh Howatson,
Liberos: Dan Lewis, Oakville, Ont.
Head Coach: Glenn Hoag
Asst Coach: Vincent Pichette
Team Manager: Julien Boucher
Statistician: Christopher Galbraith
Physiotherapist: Mathieu Seguin