Germany fought off the home crowd favourites, Canada, to win 3-1 (25-23 25-22 20-25 25-19) in an exciting battle at the Arena at TD Place this evening. It was the second day of Volleyball Nations League action in the Nation’s Capital.
The Germans – who beat the U.S. 3-0 last night – continued their powerful volleyball play despite a comeback attempt in the third and early fourth set by Canada.
Simon Hirsch logged 16 spikes and an ace, and together with solid shows from Christian Fromm (10 points) and David Sossenheimer (12 points) the Germans are going into Sunday (when the play Australia) with swagger.
Unlike recent matches, Canada suffered from sloppy play, with 25 errors today.
“We had opportunities, especially in the first set and I’m really not satisfied with our play. We weren’t aggressive enough, and we made a lot of mistakes,” said Canada’s coach Stephane Antiga. “No excuses at all, but we just weren’t ready to fight in the first set. We need to play better tomorrow, for sure. USA started bad tonight against Australia (then winning 1-3), but then we saw a reaction and they started serving better. We are ready for them.”
There were bright spots – Stephen Maar (17 spikes and one block) once again scored consistently while Brad Gunter (12 points) and Nicholas Hoag (11 points) impressed the volleyball audience.
Said captain TJ Sanders: “We didn’t start so strong tonight, but I think it was in the middle of the third set and ‘Let’s Go Canada’ started and it really helped us grind. This is a long tournament and we just got back from Argentina and there’s a lot going on. So, to have that support when up against a team like Germany means a lot. …. Tomorrow we’re going to bring a strong serving game and just battle.”
On Sunday, Germany plays Australia at 1 pm in Ottawa; while the Canadian match against the U.S. starts at 4 pm.
“I think we played a great match, except the third set where we lost our rhythm, we lost our courage,” said Germany’s captain Christian Fromm. “I think we deserved the victory absolutely, and I’m proud that the guys who came in to help the team did a great job. Now I’m looking towards tomorrow to take another three points.”