Sydney, Australia, July 06,(ISN) – After a tough 3-1 loss to Australia last night, Canada
couldn’t find enough opportunities to score in its last World League match at the
Sydney Olympic Park.
Canada was disposed of in four sets (25-22, 22-25, 17-25,
18-25) by the Volleyroos.
Despite taking the lead in the first set, Canada didn’t create enough ways to score
and lost the three subsequent sets. All four sets looked hopeful for the Canadian
squad as they managed to take the lead in the first half, but the strong Aussie
offence and blocking system overpowered the Canadians’ efforts.
“We were dominated throughout the match,” said Canada’s coach Glenn Hoag. “Our
service reception was not that bad, but we were unable to execute the offensive game
Gavin Schmitt of Saskatoon, SK, came into the afternoon as the leading scorer in
Group 2 with 237 points, 53 more than anyone else in Group 2. In an effort to rest
key veteran players, Schmitt and captain Fred Winters didn’t play a minute in the
match on Sunday. Playing on the right side was Dallas Soonias who led the team
offense with 24 points while Jason DeRocco added another 14. “Dallas played well,
but he can’t be the only effective offensive player,” said Hoag.
It was the first unsuccessful series for Canada, losing both games in the same
weekend. The Canadians had previously won a match and lost a match, except in their
opening weekend, when they swept Finland in Calgary.
On the other hand, Team Australia made history with its first clean sweep in World
League weekend series. “Finishing this way is very important for the team. We are
learning a lot of things through this demanding process. We are learning about what
it takes to play in the World League,” said Australia’s coach Jon Emili Uriarte.
Thomas Edgar was the best scorer for the Aussie side, racking up 24 points.
Team Australia has already qualified for the Group 2 Final Four as hosts. The
Volleyroos will host the Final Four in Sydney next weekend. Australia will be joined
by the winners of Pool C (Belgium), D (France) and E (the Netherlands) to compete
for a ticket to the World League finals in Florence at the end of the month.
Team Canada is now heading home after being on the road for six weeks. They will
begin their preparation for the World Championship after a few well deserved days
off. The team will be travelling to Poland at the end of August.
Team Canada Roster
# Name Hometown
#1 Tyler Sanders – London, ON
#3 Daniel Lewis – Oakville,ON
#4 Jason DeRocco – East St. Paul, MB
#6 Justin Duff – Winnipeg, MB
#7 Dallas Soonias – Red Deer, AB
#8 Adam Simac – Ottawa, ON
#10 Toonje Van Lankvelt – Brandon, MB
#12 Gavin Schmitt – Saskatoon, SK
#15 Frederic Winters – Victoria, BC
#17 Graham Vigrass – Calgary, AB
#21 Jay Blankneau – Sherwood Park, AB
#22 Steve Marshall – Abbotsford, BC