Brazil Displays Its Skill in Edmonton Exhibition Series
EDMONTON, AB: Canada’s men’s volleyball team experienced a 0-3 (20-25, 19-25, 20-25) loss to world no.1 Brazil on Wednesday night at the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton in the second and final match of the Rally for Rio series.
The Canadians were looking to avenge a 3-1 loss on Tuesday night during the exhibition tune-up series. Canada is preparing for World Cup play, which gets underway in Japan next week.Toon Van Lankvelt led Canada with 16 points, while Gord Perrin added another eight. Brazil’s Motta Marcondes contributed 21 points to his team’s win.Brazil went to work quickly against Canada in the first two sets, winning 25-20 and 25-19. Despite trailing for the most of match, Canada did give the 2,000 fans in Edmonton reasons to cheer, including an imposing three-man block in the second set by Steven Marshall, Justin Duff and Van Lankvelt, which made the match 10-8 for the Brazilians.The Canadians could get no closer than a pair of points in the second set, but did eventually earn a lead in the third. Canada leveled the set at 3-3, and then took over with a 5-4 advantage.
After trading points, Brazil jumped ahead 7-6, and controlled the match en route to technical time-out leads of 8-6 and 16-14.Brazil then began to put the match to bed, increasing its lead to 20-17 before finally closing it out with a cross-court kill and a 25-20 score.“It was tough tonight because of our injuries, so we had to put together a line-up we wouldn’t normally use, and of course, on the other side of the net is the best team in the world,” said Canada’s head coach Glenn Hoag.”We got to work on some things and get a sense of what level we need to play at next. At the World Cup we’ll play some weaker teams and some stronger teams, so this was great preparation for us. And, what a great opportunity to play a team like Brazil, and for the amazing fans that came out, what a treat for them. It’s not often you can play against, or see the best team in the world play, and I want to thank Brazil and Edmonton for making it happen.”Team Canada will next be in action in Japan for the World Cup, which also serves as a 2016 Summer Olympic Games qualifier tournament. Brazil, as host country, is already qualified for the Rio Games.
#1 TJ Sanders, London, ON
#2 Gordon Perrin, Creston, BC
#3 Dan Lewis, Oakville, ON
#5 Rudy Verhoeff, Calgary, AB
#6 Justin Duff, Winnipeg, MB
#9 Dustin Schneider, Brandon, MB*
#10 Toon Van Lankvelt, Rivers, MB
#11 Daniel Jansen Vandoorn, Langley, BC
#12 Gavin Schmitt, Saskatoon, SK
#17 Graham Vigrass, Calgary, AB
#18 Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke, QC
#19 Blair Bann, Edmonton, AB
#22 Steven Marshall, Abbotsford, BC
#25 Casey Schouten, Winnipeg, MB*Replaced with Brett Walsh (Calgary)
Glenn Hoag, head coach,
Vincent Pichette, assistant coach
Julien Boucher, team manager
Jean-Sebastien Hartell, athletic therapist
Murat Haktanir, statistician