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Canada Finishes Off Venezuela in Three Sets

Tokyo, Japan, September 21, 2015 – Canada earned a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-23) win over Venezuela to kick off the team’s third round of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Monday. 

Gavin Schmitt was match top scorer with 16 points and was given the Most Impressive Player nod – his second of the tournament. Gordon Perrin contributed 11 points to Canada’s win. Emerson Rodriguez was Venezuela’s top scorer with eight points.  “We’re happy with the win; some things worked well for us today,” said Canada’s coach Glenn Hoag. “Gavin Schmitt played a fairly good match today; it’s the best he’s been physically for a long time, so this was a positive for us.  And some of our less-experienced players are getting better – Jansen Vandoorn, Nick Hoag, for example, are learning from this experience, so we’re pretty happy.”

Daniel Jansen Vandoorn had four service points, including three aces in a row.

“The level of play here is quite a bit higher that what I’ve been used to,” said Jansen Vandoorn, a relative newcomer to the senior A team, “but it’s great to have a good group of guys to play with, and to help me make adjustments as the tournament goes on.”  (Video interview on YouTube)

This was Canada’s third win of the tournament, and much needed after struggling during the second round against volleyball giants Russia, 2014 World Champions Poland and Pan Am gold medalists Argentina.  

“It was good to win the match, after losing a bunch in a row to some really strong teams,” team captain Fred Winters explained at the post-match press conference. “I think an important part of the match today was the first set when we served so well; it got us some easy points, which gave us the confidence we’ve been lacking a little bit.  Now we have two competitive matches that we can win and leave Japan on a high note. I’m hoping for the best in the next two days.”Canada plays Iran 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  1-3 (21-25, 25-23, 27-29, 22-25)         

TokyoSept. 21: Canada vs. Venezuela 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-23)
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