Canada opens Argentina tour with victory

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Aug 5,2014(ISN) – MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina – Gavin Schmitt of Saskatoon earned 26 points, including
four aces, as Canada’s national men’s volleyball team defeated Argentina 25-18,
25-21, 23-25, 21-25, 15-11 on Monday night in Argentina’s second largest city.

The Canadians launched a week long series of matches against their South American
rivals in preparation for the FIVB World Championships set for August 30 to
September 21 in Poland.

“This was our first match after a three week break,” said Canada’s head coach Glenn
Hoag. ” We played fairly well considering we are in a heavy training phase.”

The Canadians came out firing on all cylinders.

”In the two first sets we played with a lot of energy and our serve-block-defence
was good,” said Hoag. ”We defended well but we still struggled with our
transition attack. After two sets our energy level was down and we struggled with
our focus, we had to fight hard to stay with Argentina but we were able to make a
couple tactical adjustments to help us win the fifth set.”

Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., added 17 points and Justin Duff of Winnipeg
scored 15 including three blocks.

“We still have a lot of work to do and things to polish, but that’s why we are
here,” said Hoag. ”These test matches will give us a great opportunity to gauge
our level at this point.”

The two countries meet again Tuesday.

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