Canada Extends its Winning Streak at the World Championship to Si


Sept 11, 2014 (ISN) – FIVB Men’s World Championship: Canada Extends its Winning Streak at the Worlds to Six

Wroclaw, Poland, – Canada extended its winning streak to a
team-record six matches defeating Finland in straight sets (27-25, 27-25, 25-19) in
Pool F of the FIVB Men’s World Championship at Centennial Hall of Wroclaw on

The Canadians increased their all-important tally to 10 points while Finland has two
points. Canada now heads to Katowice, Poland, to play Brazil and Germany; with the
goal of coming at least third in Pool F in order to advance to the “Final Six” of
the tournament.

The first two sets today were close affairs, delighting the fans, with Finland on
the losing end 27-25. Saskatoon’s Gavin Schmitt was the main offensive force for
Canada overall with 21 points, and Gord Perrin (Creston, BC) and Nicholas Hoag
(Sherbrooke, Que.) added 11 and 9 points, respectively. Olli Kunnari had 12 for the
Finns, followed by Matti Oivanen with 11, including six blocks.

Though the teams were tight in the first two sets, Canada quickly jumped out to lead
in the third as Schmitt was a force to be reckoned with, and there was no looking

“In the first two sets, they were making some incredible plays – the defense, the
little shots they were hitting. We just tried to weather the storm,” said setter TJ
Sanders of London, Ont. “And then in the third set, we got some breaks. We got that
confidence to be a little bit more aggressive.”

This is not the first time these teams have clashed this year, they played each
other in pool play of the FIVB World League tournament and in training matches.

“We have a really interesting relationship with Finland because I think we’ve played
them like 15 times in two or three summers,” said Canada’s captain, Fred Winters of
Victoria, BC. “We knew it was going to be a fight and it was for the first two sets.
We are fortunate that it went our way. Today our reception was really good on their
serves. In the third set, Gavin made a big difference and helped us finish off the

Canada’s head coach Glenn Hoag said: “Obviously we are very happy with the win and
the three points. My team played much better than they did last night (against
Cuba). I was a little bit worried about fatigue, but the guys responded by being
very focused.

“Finland showed amazing defense and that’s why I love these matches because they are
so well played. Volleyball is my passion and when teams play like that, it’s
excellent. And it is good for the public because it’s very exciting and that’s what
it was tonight.”

Round Two results:
Sept. 10 Canada-Cuba (25-27, 25-18, 23-25, 25-11, 15-13)

Previous Games (Round One):
Sept. 07 Canada- China (26-24, 27-25, 25-17)
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)