Gatineau, 10 aug.- Canada rebounded from a shocking five-set defeat in tournament debut and dominated Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-17, 25-17 and 25-19) in Pool B action of the 15th Pan American Cup.
Inspired by their four-set win over Brazil in their first game, Puerto Rico kept the host team at bay in the first third of the match (tied at eight), but Canada soon moved away with a solid spikes and blocks, combined with two aces by Jordan Canham, to take the first set 25-17.
Puerto Rico tried to regain momentum and stayed in contention in the second set until the second technical time-out (14-16). From there, the Canadian service and attack wreaked havoc on their opponents as they cruised to an easy 25-17 win.
Both teams traded points early in the third set. Samuel Cooper was lethal from the service line as Canada led 16-10. Fynnian McCarthy and Mathias Elser also added aces and the former sealed a comfortable win with a solid attack.
Mathias Elser led the host team with 13 points, followed by Jordan Schnitzer (11). Pedro Molina was Puerto Rico’s top scorer with seven points.
Canada plays Brazil and Puerto Rico meets Mexico on the final day of Pool B action on Thursday.