Men's World Cup - Canada goes the Distance with Tunisia
October 9, 2019
Volleyball Canada - Canada takes win over Tunisia
Hiroshima, Japan, October 9, 2019 – Canada beat Tunisia 3-2 (25-20, 20-25, 29-27, 20-25, 15-12) at the FIVB Men’s World Cup on Wednesday.
For Canada, Sharone Vernon-Evans scored 23 points and Lucas Van Berkel, 18. Match top scorer was Tunisian Hamza Nagga with 30 points.
Canada player Sharone Vernon-Evans: "We’re just happy that we came out and won it in five sets," said Vernon-Evans. "My job is to score any way that I can."
Canada led in blocking (20-7), but struggled in other aspects of the game.
“It was a difficult match,” admitted Canada's coach Dan Lewis. "They put pressure on us with their serve. We missed opportunities to put the ball in play. We tried to make adjustments. Our block defense was good, but we had too many net faults. We need to do a better job on transition balls. If we can get our efficiency even up 15-20 percent on high balls that would be better."
Canada's captain Nicolas Hoag said: "It was important to win. We blocked well. We had ups and downs in the match. ... We got the victory and had the chance to rest some of our players, which you need to do in a long tournament like this. We hope to win tomorrow against Argentina."
Canada (3-3) faces Argentina on Thursday in Japan (10 pm Wednesday ET). Argentina last beat Canada 3-1 at the FIVB Tokyo Qualifier in China in August.
- Summary of results so far: http://worldcup.2019.fivb.com/en/news/fivb-volleyball-mens-world-cup---results?id=88816
- Streaming schedule: www.cbc.ca/sports
The 12 participating teams in the FIVB World Cup compete in a single round-robin competition over 11 match days. Three games will be played at each venue each match day.
The World Cup was last held in 2015 – Canada finished seventh overall.
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#3 Steven Marshall, Abbotsford, BC
#4 Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke, QC (captain)
#6 Ryley Barnes (Edmonton, AB)
#7 Stephen Maar, Aurora, ON
#9 Jason DeRocco, Winnipeg, MB
#10 Sharone Vernon-Evans, Scarborough, ON
#11 Daniel Jansen Vandoorn, Langley, BC
#12 Lucas Van Berkel, Edmonton, AB
#13 Byron Keturakis, Surrey, BC
#19 Blair Bann, Edmonton, AB
#20 Arthur Szwarc, Toronto, ON
#21 Brett Walsh, Calgary, AB
#22 Blake Scheerhoorn, Belleville, ON
#23 Danny Demyanenko, Toronto, ON
Dan Lewis, Head coach
Lionel Bonnaure, Assistant coach
Olivier Faucher, Assistant coach
Tracy Blake, Athletic therapist
Julien Boucher, Team manager
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