Katowice, Poland, September 13, 2014 – Canada came out fighting and put on a valiant effort over world number-one ranked Brazil today, but was defeated in three exciting sets (25-19, 25-23, 29-27) at the 2014 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship.
This win for Brazil at Spodek Hall in Katowice confirmed the team’s third-round ticket for the World Championship with one day still to go in round two; and improved its win-loss ratio in Pool F to 6-0 and 8-0 in the competition’s total, while Canada dropped 4-2 so far in the pool.
Since the beginning of the tournament, Canada has won six of its total of eight matches, losing today and to Russia (world ranked number two) in the opener of round one.
Lucas led Brazil with 15 points, while Gavin Schmitt (Saskatoon, Sask.) was again Canada’s top scorer with 18 points.
Brazil now equals its team record of 12 consecutive wins at the World Championship, previously set in 1956-1960 and 1994-1998. The all-time championship record is 29 successive wins by the Soviet Union (1974-1986).
“Brazil had another excellent match – they played the way we expected them to play, with a very high technical level and skill,” said Canada’s coach Glenn Hoag. “We scuttled a couple of easy plays, so we still have a lot of room for improvement. Playing these matches really helps us grow and helps the guys understand what’s needed to be a better team. Now we turn our attention to the match tomorrow (against Germany).”
Canada, currently ranked 15th in the world, would not give up after the first two sets did not go its way. The team came out swinging in the third, but couldn’t hold off the more experienced Brazilians. After a thrilling closing rally, the third set ended 29-27 for Brazil.
“We make sure we come to every match and give it our best effort – challenge every point,” said a veteran of the Canadian team, Dan Lewis (Oakville, Ont.). “We have been improving now for a few years, but this next step – the step between winning and losing a match like that – that’s a matter of inches.”
Even Brazil’s head coach respected Canada’s effort. “It was a tough match against a superbly organized team,” said Bernardo Rezende during the post-match press conference. “They are establishing themselves step by step as one of the great teams in the world.”
“It was an exciting match,” said Canada’s captain, Fred Winters. “They played steady throughout, even when we had a bit of a lead. … We have a difficult match tomorrow, so we have to move on.”
Canada still has a chance to advance to the final six. Canada plays Germany tomorrow night, again in Katowice. Germany lost to Russia (0-3) tonight paving the way for a huge showdown tomorrow at 20:25 local time. Check www.fivb.org for the latest stats and info on the final day of round two on Sunday.
Coach Hoag is looking forward to the challenge: “Germany has good organization, they run a basic offense, but they seem to be consistent in what they do. We’re ready and we’ll try to play our best game tomorrow.”
Round Two results:
Sept. 11 Canada-Finland (27-25, 27-25, 25-19)
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)
The full schedule and more at http://poland2014.fivb.org. Follow the timeline on twitter #FIVBMensWCH
In Canada and the U.S., matches are shown on the BeIN Sports channel or online at http://www.beinsportsconnect.tv/
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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