(ISN) – June 06, 2014 – Canada pulled off a five-set win (25-22, 21-25, 17-25, 25-20, 14-16)
against Belgium as the team entered its second weekend of 2014 FIVB World League
competition in Liège, Belgium.
Despite the win, Canada got off to a slow start, and head coach Glenn Hoag said his
players still need to improve. “It was a good game,” he said in the post-match press
conference. “Belgium’s (Frank) Depestele is one of the best setters in the world. So
it was a difficult match for us. We still have to improve – especially on serve,
which is not our strongest point. The Belgians played with discipline, patience,
good passing and a good volley. It was nice to play in front of this crowd, even if
they whistled on our serves. The victory is important, because we have to learn from
this kind of matches.”
Belgian coach Dominique Baeyens also had mixed feelings: “We had too many much ups
and downs,” he said. “We played at a much better level than against Australia. This
kind of match is why we have to play in the World League.”
Gord Perrin of Creston, B.C., was Canada’s top scorer with 18 and Saskatoon’s Gavin
Schmitt contributed 16 points. Ottawa native Adam Simac, in his 2014 World League
debut, was in fine form with 14 points – including seven blocks.
Belgium, also known as the Red Dragons, saw standout performances from Bram Van den
Dries and Sam Deroo, who had 17 points each.
Canada is now 3-0 in World League play, after banking two matches against Finland
last weekend in Calgary, Alberta.
Canada’s next game is in Antwerp on Sunday, and will be live on Sportsnet ONE at
9:55 am Eastern (please check your local listings). Both teams then travel to
Vancouver for two games – June 13 and 14 – at UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sport