Canada takes the Tokyo berth on home soil
January 12, 2020: Canada defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-21,
25-15, 25-15) in Vancouver, Canada, today to receive the
final men’s NORCECA ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Today Arthur Swarc was top scorer for Canada with 13 points.
Maurice Torres had eight points for Puerto Rico, who finish
with a 1-2 record.
Coach – Oscar Antonetti
“Canada was prepared and a very physical team. We competed,
we played fast but they were the better team. We just wanted
to serve well and see how they reacted to that and put some
pressure on them. They did well and kept their distance and
had an advantage.
It’s a matter of seeing what we have, seeing the
opportunities, we’re here and hopefully we’ll get better.
We want to thank Canada for their hospitality, they treated
us really well, you can tell culturally, it’s a great
Puerto Rico Maurice Torres - #9 (captain)
“We knew it was going to be really tough against Canada in
front of the home crowd. We had to give it our all but they
were pretty much flawless.
The game plan was to have fun, we have nothing to lose to go
out without any pressure and play our hearts out. We started
off a little up and down then we started the second set well
but then the same thing happened. We’ll take this as a
learning experience and we’ll try and focus on the next four
We’re going to go back to the drawing board. I love these
guys and love being a part of team Puerto Rico.”
Canada #11 – Daniel Jansen Vandoorn
“It was a little hard to get to sleep last night after Cuba.
We had to reset, we knew it wasn’t done but we also knew the
ball was in our court and it was our tournament to lose. I’m
proud of the way our guys responded and we put together a
This has been the highlight of my career. It was quite the
experience. I’m so proud of the fans for not giving up on us
and they deserve this as much as we do.”
International volleyball is not a sport Canadians get to see
live very often, We faced some adversity on the court as
individuals and as a team but we fought through it and we
put together a great performance.
I’m looking forward to Tokyo!”
Ryan Sclater #16, Canada
“This weekend was a product of lots of years of hard work.
Lots of people are seeing us for the first time or once a
year but to be able to come into the game and be confident
that we're going to go to Tokyo, that's not something you
create in the moment, it takes years of hard work.
It's been a crazy journey for me. I was really struck by the
guys passion who played in Rio before. They commit fully to
the team and commit to the guys who never been there before
and didn't take anything for granted even though they've
been there once.
Glenn Hoag (coach), Canada
“It was exciting for the fans, exciting for the sport and a
very emotional win for us.
It will be my fourth time, third as a coach, it's a great
feeling every time, it's a dream come true.
We have to look at what we need to do from now until when we
go to Tokyo, to really perform at the best level and
challenge the best teams in the world. We have a good level,
I think we can have a better level.”