The U.S. Serves Up a Loss to Canada at the Men’s World Cup
Hiroshima, Japan, September 10, 2015 – Canada fell to the U.S. in straight sets (25-21, 25-20, 25-17) in the first round of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup Japan 2015 in Hiroshima on Thursday.
U.S. star Matt Anderson contributed 13 points, and teammate Taylor Sander 12 points as well as earning the Most Impressive Player award.
Canada was led by Steven Marshall with 12; and Nicholas Hoag at eight.
“The U.S. played well and this tournament is not easy,” said Canada’s coach, Glenn Hoag. “The US serving was very good today and they ran a good offense, and we’ve been struggling with our blocking this summer. We’re trying to figure out a way to get better match by match.”
It started off as an even affair, with both teams looking determined off the block. But the U.S., ranked fifth in the world, was able shut down Canada (14th) for the win – its third in three matches. The U.S. was coming off last night’s 3-1 victory over Japan.
“I was very happy with the win – we knew it would be a challenging match, as it always is when we play Canada. They have a really good team, so it’s really hard to prepare them,” said U.S. coach John Speraw. “Marshall had a really nice match versus us in May (which Canada won to qualify for this World Cup), and they have four really good outside hitters, and I think both their setters are great, so it was a challenge for us to prepare.”
Friday is an off day for the tournament, but then Canada faces Japan and its home crowd advantage on Saturday.
“Today the first two sets were close, but we had small errors here and there and to me that’s what made the difference,” said Nick Hoag. “We are playing better and better and are looking forward to playing Japan on Saturday.”The FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup Japan 2015 runs from September 8 to 23. The winner and runner-up in the 12-team competition will qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Schedule/results HiroshimaSept. 08: Canada vs Italy 1-3 (19 – 25, 20 – 25, 25 – 22, 13 – 25)
Sept. 09: Egypt vs Canada 2-3 (22-25, 23-25, 25-21, 26-24, 12-15)
Sept. 10: Canada vs. US 0-3 (21-25, 20-25, 17-25)
Sept. 12: Japan vs. Canada
Sept. 13: Canada vs. Australia
ToyamaSept. 16: Canada vs Poland
Sept. 17: Canada vs. Russia
Sept. 18: Canada vs. Argentina
TokyoSept. 21: Canada vs. Venezuela
Sept. 22: Canada vs. Iran
Sept. 23: Canada vs. Tunisia
#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
#15 Fred Winters, Victoria, BC
#17 Graham Vigrass, Calgary, AB
#18 Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke, QC
#19 Blair Bann, Edmonton, AB
#22 Steven Marshall, Abbotsford, BC
Glenn Hoag, head coach,
Vincent Pichette, assistant coach
Julien Boucher, team manager
Jean-Sebastien Hartell, athletic therapist
Murat Haktanir, statistician