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Canadian volleyballers in Pan Am Cup quarter-finals

Canada advanced to the quarter-finals at the Pan American Cup men's volleyball tournament with a straight-sets victory over Colombia in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday.

Canada advanced to the quarter-finals at the Pan American Cup men's volleyball tournament with an impressive straight-sets victory over Colombia in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday.

The Canadians, ranked 20th in the world, evened their record to 1-1, defeating a young Colombian squad 28-26, 25-16, 25-14. This is the first tournament of the 2010 season for Canada, which is ultimately preparing for the world championship this September in Italy.

Dallas Soonias of Red Deer, Alta., one of the top pro players in Europe this winter, led the Canadian attack with 14 points, including two service aces. He also led the squad in digs with six. 

Toon Van Lankvelt of Rivers, Man., added nine points and Canada's most experienced player, Victoria's Fred Winters, playing in his 139th match for Canada, notched eight.

Head coach Glenn Hoag of Gatineau, Que., was pleased to see his squad bounce back after a five-set loss to Brazil on Tuesday.

"We are starting our international season and playing these games will help us to put things together," he said. "Colombia played well for a set and a half and then we started to block a little bit better. As I said before, this is the start of our preparation for the world championship and teams here play at a very good level."

Brazil finished first in Pool A with a perfect 2-0 mark followed by Canada at 1-1 and Colombia at 0-2.

With files from Canadian Sport News

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