Canada lost a battle with Argentina 2-3 (25 – 23, 22 – 25, 25 – 21, 19 -25, 10 -15) today at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax as part of FIVB World League intercontinental round play.
More than 2,600 fans sat on the edge of their seats, as Canada started strong, but let the skilled Argentinians take the second of two matches – Canada won in three sets yesterday at the same venue.
Canadian head coach Glenn Hoag explained: “We couldn’t put Argentina in trouble with our serving, so they were running their offense freely. We had our chances at times, but our team was also at times undisciplined, so we ended up not being able to do simple things that would have allowed us to win the game. They do that very well; they are very skilled.”
Steven Marshall contributed the most points for Canada with 20; and Gavin Schmitt had 17. Nicholas Bruno was the high scorer for Argentina with 18.
“They played the same game (as yesterday), a lot with their middle attackers, and were really efficient,” said Canada’s team captain, Fred Winters. “Our offense wasn’t as good as it was last night, so I think that was the difference. We weren’t as efficient in attack. They are small and very skilled, and their reception was also very good tonight.”
Canada still gets a point for the five set loss and stands at 14 points in Pool C of World League’s Group 2, with six games under the team’s belt.
“It was a really hard game,” explained Demian Gonzalez, Argentina’s captain. “There were moments where we were playing really good, and other parts like the third set where we were making some mistakes that brought our game down. We all got a chance to play and it was a close game because Canada is a strong team. It was hard because we were devastated from yesterday but we came for the win and we’re taking it to Cuba (for their next World League match.”
Canada heads to Summerside, PEI, for two matches against Bulgaria on June 12 and 13 at Credit Union Place.
Roster (Canada in Halifax)
Dustin Schneider, Setter, Brandon, MB
TJ Sanders, Setter, London, ON
Blair Bann, Libero, Edmonton, AB
Gavin Schmitt, Opposite, Saskatoon, SK
Casey Schouten, Opposite, Winnipeg, MB
Frederic Winters, Leftside, Victoria, BC
Steven Marshall, Leftside, Abbotsford, BC
Jason DeRocco, Leftside, East St. Paul, MB
Gord Perrin, Leftside, Creston, BC
Toon Van Lankvelt, Leftside, Rivers, MB
Max Burt, Middle, Gander, NL
Justin Duff, Middle, Winnipeg, MB
Graham Vigrass, Middle, Calgary, AB
Rudy Verhoeff, Middle, Calgary, AB
Glenn Hoag, Head Coach
Vincent Pichette, Assistant Coach
Larry McKay, Assistant Coach
Jean-Sebastien Hartell, Athletic Therapist
Julien Boucher, High Performance Director
Murat Haktanir, Statistician