Canada Eliminated by the Germans at the Men’s World Championship

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Sept 14, 2014 (ISN) – Katowice, Poland– 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.
Overall, Canada won six out of nine contests at the Worlds, losing to higher ranked
Russia (2), Brazil (1) and Germany (10). Canada is currently ranked 15th in the
world.

“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.

“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)

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