(ISN) – Vancouver, British Columbia, June 14, 2014 – Belgium took down Canada 3-1 (22-25,
25-18, 25-21, 25-19) on Saturday night, and regained first place in Pool C of the
FIVB World League.
After looking disinterested in yesterday’s game Belgium was able to rebound in a big
way on Saturday. Bram Van De Dries and Sam Deroo led the way offensively for
Belgium, collecting 23 and 17 points respectively. Van De Dries was also a
difference maker for Belgium from the service line tonight, as he rattled off three
aces in the win.
“We played better than yesterday, that’s for sure,” said Belgium, team captain,
Frank Depestele. “All the players yesterday were very disappointed; we travelled 20
hours to make a performance like this. So I think we proved today that we could play
well. We put Canada into problems with our serve and block and defense. I think it
is important to have a performance like we did today to give us confidence for the
The serve and pass game was a struggle for Canada all match long and it prevented
them from having any kind of offensive rhythm tonight.
“Congratulations to Belgium. They did what we knew they would do,” said Canada’s
captain Fred Winters (Victoria, BC). “I think a big key for us was the start of the
sets. Going down three, four to one, five to one; it’s too big of a hole. It stops
us from playing aggressively and that hurt us today. We started really poorly in
almost all the sets and they’re a young team but they’re really experienced. They
all play in good leagues so once they get that four or five point lead it’s really
hard to make up so that was what hurt us tonight.”
Belgium showed how dangerous they could be when playing with a lead and the pressure
they put on Canada’s passing proved to be too much.
“We did have some problems in receiving but some choices were terrible,” said
Canada’s Head Coach, Glenn Hoag. “On some occasions our setting was bad, we didn’t
allow our guys to hit the ball high enough. We cannot rely on Gavin (Schmitt) all
the time. It’s impossible at this level of play, because then it becomes too simple.
Our offense was too simple, and Belgium just deserved to win. They dominated the
three sets they won.”
Gavin Schmitt (Saskatoon, SK) had a big night for Canada in a losing cause, grabbing
18 kills, two service aces and two solo blocks but, as coach Hoag previously
mentioned there was little contribution from the rest of the Canadian squad. Gordon
Perrin (Creston, BC) was the only other Canadian player with double digit points,
finishing with 12.
Canada will now turn its attention to Australia next weekend in Edmonton, as the
team looks ti rebound from tonight’s loss in Vancouver. Canada is second in Pool C
with 10 points trailing Belgium, who leads the way with 13, after tonight’s win.