Katowice, Poland, September 14, 2014 – The Canadians’ hopes of reaching the third round of the 2014 FIVB Men’s World Volleyball Championship were dashed by Germany on Sunday.
The Germans qualified for the “final six” after a straight-set victory (28-26, 25-22, 25-23) over Canada in Pool F at Spodek Hall in Katowice, Poland.
Canada had to win either 3-0 or 3-1 to finish third in its pool and advance.
“It’s always hard to give a true reflection of the tournament after a loss and after you’re knocked out, but we’ve learned some things about guys on our team – I think our team gained a lot of confidence from this tournament and the future is bright for us,” said Canada’s team captain, Fred Winters of Victoria, BC. “Obviously, we didn’t show that we are quite there yet – losing to Russia, Brazil and Germany – but we beat some good teams and we showed a pretty high level. Right now, however, it’s difficult to be proud of any accomplishments.”
As they needed a point to qualify for the third round, Germany punched its ticket to the next round after two sets. In the third set, the Canadians didn’t surrender and despite knowing they had been eliminated, fought hard, taking a 16-12 lead at the second technical timeout. But Germany caught up at 18-18 and used their momentum from the first two sets to finish the game.
Gyorgy Grozer led Germany with 18 points, while Gavin Schmitt (Saskatoon, Sask.) was Canada’s lead scorer with 10 points. Despite winning the match, Germany made 23 errors, while Canada 19.
“We lost our focus and made some technical mistakes – at this level there is no going back,” Canada’s coach Glenn Hoag said of the match today. “Germany took the momentum after that. It’s a learning process for us. We need to close a set and put pressure (on the opposing team). And with an experienced team like this, and its experienced players, it became too much for us.”
Brazil won Pool F, and advance along with Russia and Germany. In Pool E, France, Poland and Iran move forward. Canada and the U.S. both finished fourth in their pools, and were the last hopes for North and Central America to be represented in the final six. Canada finishes ranked seventh overall.
“The team has gotten better and has grown quite a bit,” said coach Hoag. “There are some matches where we executed really well. Tonight it was like we were in over-ride – we were trying to do too much – and then you start losing easy plays. But overall the growth is there and it’s obvious, and it’s a good way to test the team. We had pressure the whole tournament and it was good to see how everyone reacted.”
The world’s best 24 teams came to Poland following a qualifying process, which started in 2012, involving a record number of 279 countries, and concluded in July 2014.
Round Two results:
Sept. 14 Germany-Canada (28-26, 25-22, 25-23)
Sept. 13 Brazil-Canada (25-19, 25-23, 29-27)
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
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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