Canada Struggles to Control Russian Attack at World Cup

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Canada blanked by the Russians at the FIVB World Cup

Toyama, Japan, September 17, 2015 : Russia picked up a three-set (25-21, 25-16, 25-19) victory over Canada at the Toyama City Gymnasium on Thursday. 

The imposing Dmitriy Muserskiy topped all scorers with 16 points, and teammate Sergey Tetyukhin was named Most Impressive Player with 12 attack points. 

“Russia is just a bit too strong for us right now – their serving was excellent, and their attacking was good,” said Canada’s head coach, Glenn Hoag. “We just try focus on our game and try to improve with each match. That’s what we’ll try to do over the next four matches.”Canada’s Gavin Schmitt, back in the lineup after missing several games, sparked the Canadian offense, but Russia’s hitters played a more consistent game from the attack line. 

“It feels nice to be able to get back on the court and contribute,” said Schmitt, who has been in and out with various injuries this summer. “Being on the bench for me is one of the hardest things.”  (View more of Gavin’s comments on YouTube)Schmitt was Canada’s top scorer with eight points.

After Russia overwhelmed Canada in the second set, there was some hope for Canada in the third. Nicholas Hoag spurred a series of points for a 16-15 lead at the timeout. However, errors and a strong service game from Russia ended Canada’s chances to extend the match.

“It’s a tough moment for our team right now,” said captain Fred Winters in the post-match press conference. “I think our spirits are not down, which is good, but we’re definitely not playing our best volleyball.”Canada faces 2015 Pan Am gold medalists Argentina tomorrow. 

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 3-2 (32-34, 25-14, 25-21, 27-29, 20-18)

ToyamaSept. 16: Canada vs Poland 1-3 (25-23, 15-25, 19-25, 19-25)
Sept. 17: Canada vs. Russia 0-3 (21-25, 16-25, 19-25)
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