Canada beats Dominican Republic to finish in seventh place at Men’s Pan Am Cup

TIJUANA, Mexico, August 15, 2014.- Canada closed with a win on Friday at the IX Men’s Pan Am Cup with a comeback in fourth and fifth sets, over Dominican Republic 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 22-25, 25-16, 15-13).

Jose Caceres had a total of 22 points for the Caribbean team finishing as lead scorer. He was followed by Elvis Contreras who tallied 16 points while Luis Adames scored 12.

On the Canadian side, Bradley Gunter (Courtenay, BC), Nicholas Del Bianco (Surrey, BC), Dallas Soonias (Red Deer, AB) and Toontje Van Lankvelt (Rivers, MB) were the standout producers. Gunter and Van Lankvelt registered 13 points, while Del Bianco and Soonias recorded 12 apiece.

The team, coached by Georges Laplante, finished in seventh place overall in the final rankings. “It was a hard match. We are not playing great but, I mean a win is a win, so we’ll take it,” Laplante said.

“We are a little disappointed with the result in this tournament. We definitively wanted to do a lot better,” said the captain of this squad, Van Lankvelt. “It was difficult. We really wanted to come out in the fifth set and win this match I am happy how the guys wanted and battled for the win.”

José Álvarez Cutiño, coach of Dominican Republic, remarked: “It was a very tense match, very good on both sides of the net. We were confused in the last set tactically, we could not coordinate a movement and that’s why the match cost us a lost.”

The Pan Am Cup finals are held today (Aug. 16), with Cuba and the U.S. going for gold.  More at


Report courtesy of NORCECA