Gdansk, Poland, September 7, 2014 – Canada wrapped up its first-round play with another three-set win (26-24, 27-25, 25-17), this time over China, in Pool C of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship at the Ergo Arena on Sunday.
China did not make it easy for the Canadians, battling for each point in the first two sets.
“That had five-setter written all over it,” said Gord Perrin (Creston, BC), who led Canada in scoring with 18 points today. “It was a really good battle for us, and I’m very happy to get the three-zero win.”
Canada now advances to the next round of play with only one loss, against the as yet undefeated Russia. Russia beat Bulgaria on Sunday evening in a five-set thriller, which helped determine the final pool standings. The top four teams advanced from the pool – Russia, Canada, Bulgaria and China.
Coach Glenn Hoag was pleased with his lineup tonight. “First, we expected a very difficult match with China, I think we were a little nervous, obviously our guys knew the points were important,” he said. “China served really well at the beginning and they were putting pressure on us. We struggled a bit with our receive; not so much the setting off it, but trying to rotate the big servers. Also in the beginning, we lacked a bit of patience. For the rest of the game, I think our serving was better today – Nic Hoag, Gord Perrin and Dallas Soonias – all three of them brought a lot from the serving line and that helped us quite a bit.”
Along with Perrin, Soonias (15) of Red Deer, Alta., and Hoag (10) of Sherbrooke, QC, also scored in the double digits for Canada.
“We were able to manage the important points at the end each set really well,” said Canada’s captain, Fred Winters (Victoria, BC). “I think in the third set China made some adjustments and we were able to control the game. Overall, I thought it was a good effort.”
The world’s best 24 teams are in Poland following a qualifying process, which started in 2012, involving a record number of 279 countries, and concluded in July 2014.
Sept. 06 Mexico-Canada (17-25, 18-25, 19-25)
Sept. 05 Canada-Egypt (25-14, 25-19, 25-22)
Sept. 03 Canada-Bulgaria (17-25, 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 15-8)
Sept. 01 Russia-Canada (25-21, 25-19, 25-21)
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Team Canada – 2014 World Men’s World Championship
# Name, Hometown
1 TJ Sanders, London, ON
18 Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke, QC
3 Dan Lewis, Oakville, ON
7 Dallas Soonias, Red Deer, AB
6 Justin Duff, Winnipeg, MB
8 Adam Simac, Ottawa, ON
9 Dustin Schneider, Brandon, MB
10 Toontje Van Lankvelt, Rivers, MB
12 Gavin Schmitt, Saskatoon, SK
15 Fred Winters, Victoria, BC
17 Graham Vigrass, Calgary, AB
2 Gord Perrin, Creston, BC
5 Rudy Verhoeff, Calgary, AB
22 Steve Marshall, Abbotsford, BC
Glenn Hoag, head coach
Vincent Pichette, assistant coach
Lawrence McKay, assistant coach
Jean-Sebastien Hartell (therapist)
Elvan Murat Haktanir, statistician
Julien Boucher, team manager
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