Canada’s men’s team took a hard-fought 3-1 (25-22, 25-18, 24-26, 25-23) win over Argentina in Volleyball Nations League action on Saturday night.
Stephen Maar was Canada’s top contributor with 18 points – 16 points on offense and two blocks. Jason DeRocco scored 14 points.
Argentina’s star Facundo Conte couldn’t carry his team to a win despite his 23 points. Agustin Loser was an all-round threat and scored 15 for the home side.
Canada dominated early on, taking the first two sets. The third set was the most intense and included a confrontation between Maar and Conte at the 10-10 mark. This seemed to put the Argentine team and its fans back in the game.
The fourth set also turned out to be a thriller with Argentina clawing its way back from 23-19, to even the score. This time Canada didn’t falter, and put away its second win of the weekend (Canada beat Italy yesterday, and now has three wins and two losses in the VNL tournament so far.)
“Obviously getting two wins in a row is important for us,” said Canada’s captain TJ Sanders. “It was a very difficult match. They are a great defensive team and they made us really work for it. We are satisfied with the win, but we are tired as well, so let’s see what happens tomorrow.”
Argentina’s final chance to get a win out of their home stretch comes against Italy on Sunday; while Canada will seek to continue a successful weekend in an afternoon meeting with Iran.
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