This article was originally published on the Volleyball Canada website.
Canada defeated Egypt 3-2 (25-22, 25-23, 21-25, 24-26, 15-12) on day two of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup Japan 2015 on Wednesday.
"This is our first win of the World Cup, so it’s very important for us,” said Canada’s coach, Glenn Hoag. "We had to work a lot for every point. Lately, we’ve been struggling with our blocking, so we will try to use the tournament to get better."
The World Cup runs until Sept. 23. Hoag continued: "There’s still a lot of volleyball to be played.... We did come (to Japan) a bit late and I think the guys are still a bit jet lagged right now. Egypt played well and served really well, putting pressure on us throughout the match."
Egypt’s Ahmed Abdelhay was the top scorer despite the loss, picking up a match-high 36 points. Gavin Schmitt, who was named “most impressive player” today, led Canada with 21. Nicholas Hoag contributed 18 points to Canada’s effort.
Despite early leads by Egypt (world ranked 15th) in the first two sets, Canada (ranked 14th) managed to claw its way back for the wins. The third set was a different story, however, as the momentum switched to the Egyptians and they eventually forced a fifth.
The tie-break set was close at first, but finally Canada took action and ended the nail-biter as Schmitt hammered home a final spike.
“For us it’s always big to get the win, and it was nice that a lot of the guys got to get in and contribute,” said Canada captain Fred Winters. “Egypt has improved, and I think we need to get used to having long, hot, tiring games during this tournament.”
FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup Japan 2015 runs from September 8 to 23. The winner and runner-up in the 12-team competition will qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Sept. 08: Canada vs Italy 1-3 (19 – 25, 20 – 25, 25 – 22, 13 – 25)
Sept. 09: Egypt vs Canada2-3 (22-25, 23-25, 25-21, 26-24, 12-15)
Sept. 10: Canada vs. US
Sept. 12: Japan vs. Canada
Sept. 13: Canada vs. Australia
Sept. 16: Canada vs Poland
Sept. 17: Canada vs. Russia
Sept. 18: Canada vs. Argentina
Sept. 21: Canada vs. Venezuela
Sept. 22: Canada vs. Iran
Sept. 23: Canada vs. Tunisia
#1TJ Sanders, London, ON
#2 Gordon Perrin, Creston, BC
#3 Dan Lewis, Oakville, ON
#5 Rudy Verhoeff, Calgary, AB
#6 Justin Duff, Winnipeg, MB
#9 Dustin Schneider, Brandon, MB
#10 Toon Van Lankvelt, Rivers, MB
#11 Daniel Jansen Vandoorn, Langley, BC
#12 Gavin Schmitt, Saskatoon, SK
#15 Fred Winters, Victoria, BC
#17 Graham Vigrass, Calgary, AB
#18 Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke, QC
#19 Blair Bann, Edmonton, AB
#22 Steven Marshall, Abbotsford, BC
Glenn Hoag, head coach,
Vincent Pichette, assistant coach
Julien Boucher, team manager
Jean-Sebastien Hartell, athletic therapist
Murat Haktanir, statistician