By Jackie Skender

Canada beaten by an efficient Japanese squad

Hiroshima, Japan, September 12, 2015 – Home team Japan did not disappoint its fansSaturday night by defeating Canada in three sets (25-17, 25-15, 25-21) at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup at the sold out Hiroshima Green Arena.

Japan’s captain Kunhiro Shimizu topped scoring with 14 points from two blocks, one ace and 11 spikes. Canada’s Gavin Schmitt had nine points and Steven Marshall seven.

“Japan has had a great tournament so far. They outplayed us in all aspects – if you look at blocking, serving, attacking, receiving – so there’s not much to say. We were dominated; we lack patience,” explained Canada’s coach Glenn Hoag. “We made a lot of unforced errors – 12 in attack, versus two for Japan, and at this level of the game it’s very difficult to win if you don’t stay with the opponent.”

The first two sets appeared to be write offs for Canada, but it was a more even affair in the third.  Then Japan gained a three-point lead at 21-18, and didn’t look back.

“I thought Japan was very good – very well organized and they spike with a lot of power,” said Canada’s team captain Fred Winters. “Our offensive rhythm just isn’t there…  Actually, it was embarrassing to lose like that in front of all those people (approx. 6000).  I wish we had won that third set; it looked like we started to turn the corner a little bit, and just couldn’t pull it out. We have to find a way to play better because we have seven more matches to go in this tournament.”

Canada has one win and three losses so far, and faces Australia, which has the same record at the tournament, on Sunday. 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 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-21)
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

Canadian Roster:

#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