Volleyball Canada picks Oakville player

Veteran libero Dan Lewis, 36, of Oakville is one of 12 players chosen for Canada’s men’s volleyball team for the Olympic qualifying tournament May 7-12 in Long Beach, Calif. The winner of the tournament earns a ticket to the 2012 Games in London.

Canada, ranked 18th in the world, is in Group B with Cuba (world No. 5), Puerto Rico (17) and the Dominican Republic (46). Group A is comprised of the U.S., (6), Mexico (23) and Trinidad and Tobago (33).

The Canadians open round robin play May 7 against the Dominicans followed by matches May 8 against Puerto Rico and May 9 vs Cuba. Last year, Canada knocked Puerto Rico out of the World League winning both matches in a two-match qualifying series and also beat them twice at the Pan Am Cup.

The Canadians also downed the Dominican Republic and Mexico at the same Pan Am Cup. In 2010, Canada earned one win in three matches against Cuba in a world championships warm-up series.

Canada’s last appearance in men’s volleyball at the Olympics was in 1992.