Canada beats Germany in a five-set thriller

June 9, 2019

Volleyball Canada - June 08, 2019: Canada edged Germany 3-2 (23-25, 29-27, 25-18, 23-25 and 15-12) after more than two hours and a half of intense play in front of an energetic crowd in week two of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League at Ottawa’s Arena at TD Place.

After three consecutive losses to the German team at major events, Canada took revenge from their four-set defeat at the same venue 12 months ago.

Canada equalled their longest run of victories in the VNL and they will aim to for a record five consecutive wins on Sunday against Serbia.

Sharone Vernon-Evans was once again Canada’s top scorer with 24 points and Nicholas Hoag contributed 18. Graham Vigrass and Jason DeTocco were also in double digits with 15 and 13, respectively. Simon Hirsch led Germany’s performance with 21 points and Christian Fromm added 11.

In the opening set, Germany and Canada played evenly, but a solid blocking and serve gave the Europeans the edge to win 25-23.

The 2017 European Championships silver medalist kept the momentum in the second set as they led 8-4 at the first technical timeout. Canada’s top scorer Sharone Vernon-Evans and Jason DeRocco found space in the German court to even the set at 14 points.

Germany kept the pressure and moved 23-20, but Canada did not give up. Vernon-Evans’ strong serves tied the set at 24 and thing remained even at 27. Lucas Van Berkel and Vernon-Evans’ block put Canada ahead 28-27. An attack error by Germany paved the way for the Canadian win 29-27 to even the match.

In the third set, both teams kept the score close, but Van Berkel and Hoag’s block gave the host country the edge 8-7 at first technical timeout. A solid defense combined with efficient attacks from various angles at the net moved Canada ahead 16-9. Germany reacted but could not contain the inspired Canadians, who went on to take the win 25-18.

Hoag and Vernon-Evans continued their brilliant evening and put Canada ahead 8-5 and 16-10 at the technical timeouts in the fourth set. But Germany kept the pressure tied the score at 21 points. They displayed a powerful serve and attack and took advantage of a rotation violation to even the match with a 25-23 win.

In the decisive set, Canada returned to the court in full force. Opposite hitters Jason DeRocco and Vernon-Evans were lethal from the net to give Canada a 8-5 lead. Van Berkel and Brett Walsh produced a crucial block to keep Canada in front 11-8. Graham Vigrass added two powerful strikes to close 15-12 for the overall victory.

"I’m really happy with the win. The team played solid volleyball. The German team is a really strong team, especially in the serving aspect. They have great players, so for us to beat them it wasn’t an easy match. I didn’t expect any easy match. We can now turn our attention to tomorrow (Canada plays Serbia)," said Canada's coach Glenn Hoag. 

“We figured the match would be close. Germany is a strong team; they have big middle blockers so it’s difficult to spike against them. We stuck with it, we had a bad couple first sets but it was a really good team win so we’re happy,” commented Gordon Perrin, the team captain.
 
The following athletes are on the roster for the Ottawa VNL weekend:
 
T.J. Sanders, London, ON
Gordon Perrin, Creston, BC (Team Captain)
Steven Marshall, Abbotsford, BC
Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke, QC
Justin Duff, Winnipeg, MB
Stephen Maar, Aurora, ON
Jason DeRocco, Winnipeg, MB
Sharone Vernon-Evans, Scarborough, ON
Lucas VanBerkel, Edmonton, AB
Ryan Sclater, Port Coquitlam, BC
Graham Vigrass, Calgary, AB
Blair Bann, Edmonton, AB
Arthur Szwarc, Toronto, ON
Brett Walsh, Calgary, AB
 
Matches streamed at www.cbcsports.ca

Event web site, live score and streaming info:
https://www.volleyball.world/en/vnl
 
Tickets still available www.tdplace.ca

Photo: Steve Kingsman

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