Canada Comes Up Short in Fight With Argentina at the World Cup

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Canada faced familiar Argentina at the World Cup in Japan

Toyama, Japan, September 18, 2015 – Argentina got the best of Canada with a hard-fought 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 29-27, 25-22) win for the South American team’s sixth victory at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup Japan 2015.

“We’ve played Argentina many times this summer and they’re a good, well-rounded team playing very good volleyball in this World Cup,” said Glenn Hoag, Canada’s head coach. Argentina faced Canada both in World League and at the 2015 Pan Am Games, where the Argentine team ended up winning gold and Canada bronze.

“We again tried to fight because we haven’t had a very good tournament quality-wise. We’ll try to find a solution and play better.”

Facundo Conte was match top scorer 25 points and won the Most Impressive Player award. Relative newcomer Daniel Jansen Vandoorn was the top scorer for the Canadian side with a solid 20 points.

Despite a sluggish start, Argentina managed to gain control of the first set, and carried over the momentum 5-0 run in the second set.  However, Canada re-grouped with Justin Duff and Gavin Schmitt helping boost the score to 15-all. Schmitt finished off the second set, 25-23, firing from his spot on the wing. 

Canada again looked strong in the third buoyed by Jansen Vandoorn’s three aces in a row to post a three-point lead mid-way through.  But Argentina persisted to turn the tide in its favour, winning the third set, 29-27. 

Canada did not back down in the fourth set, but Argentina’s offense was too much to handle. The Argentine team closed out the fourth and final set at 25-22.“Today, we fought harder than in the two previous games, but we’re still not quite there. I think we’re playing with an opposite (Gavin Schmitt) that’s very tired and injured,” said Canada’s team captain, Fred Winters. “But I thought Jansen Vandoorn played excellent in the last three or four matches. He has shown really good potential for the future and that’s a bright spot from our time in Toyama.

Winters continued: “I think Argentina has really skilled volleyball players in every position. They play outstanding defense, they have great setting and they rally around each other and they are a fiery group – they don’t quit. We also don’t quit, but technically they are a little more sound than us and that’s why we have so much trouble beating them.”The tournament now moves to Tokyo for its final stage. 

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  1-3 (21-25, 25-23, 27-29, 22-25)         

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