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Volleyball Canada – France took the win today 3-0 (25-22, 28-26, 25-23) over Canada in both teams’ final pool play match of Volleyball Nations League in Brazil.

Canada started off the weekend on a strong note, beating Italy, but fell to the top team in the tournament, Brazil, yesterday and France today. The Canadians finish with eight wins and seven losses. Only the top six teams will play in the VNL finals in the USA in July.

Nick Hoag was the top scorer today with 16 points; Jean Patry had 14 points for France. France was better in service points 5-1 and on the attack (42-36), but otherwise it was a fairly even affair.
 
“We played well for most part. France played better at the end of sets, and we made a few errors too many,” said Canada’s coach Glenn Hoag. “Our team kept their focus all tournament long, which was really good. This competition is very hard (five countries in five weekends), and I am very happy with the effort the group put in. We will get some well-needed rest and regroup for the next objective.”
 
Canada will be competing in the men’s Olympic Qualification Tournament in China, August 9 to 11.
 
“Overall I think the 2019 VNL was productive for us,” explains team captain Gord Perrin. “We were able to use some different lineups and work on different aspects of the game. We had some good play, and showed areas we need to work on. Now we have a month to train and work on our weaknesses before the Olympic qualifier.”

Photo: FIVB

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