Mendoza, Argentina: Canada’s men’s team earned its first win today in the opening weekend of Volleyball Nations League defeating Portugal 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-16) in Portugal.

Sharone Vernon-Evans contributed 15 points, while Stephen Maar had 14.
Yesterday the team opened with at 3-1 loss to Bulgaria, and meets host Argentina tomorrow.

“The team played a focused match today,” said Canada’s coach Glenn Hoag. “(Setter) Brett Walsh ran a nice offense. We started slow with our serving, but got into a rhythm as the match progressed. I am very happy with the win, but now we turn our focus to tomorrow’s match against Argentina.”

The match tomorrow will be at 6 pm Eastern, streamed at

“I am happy that we were able to get our first victory of the VNL,” said Canada’s team captain, Gordon Perrin, “especially after a very poor and disappointing performance against Bulgaria yesterday. We have a lot of work to do before we are playing the level we need to be at, but we are happy to take a step in the right direction.”