Brazil turns tables on Canada in World League volleyballKATOWICE Poland, (June 2, 2012) – Brazil gained revenge from their loss to Canada two weeks ago by clinching a 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-23 and 25-15) win in Pool B action in the FIVB World League men’s volleyball tournament on Saturday.
Wallace de Souza of Brazil topped all scorers with 20 points, while Gord Perrin of Creston, B.C., scored 16 points for his side. Gavin Schmitt of Saskatoon added 15 and Fred Winters of Victoria 13.
"Brazil played really well,’’ said Canada’s head coach Glenn Hoag. ‘’I know they are struggling but they can still maintain a high level. As much as our play goes, we had some good moments, but we still need to practice a lot. We are gaining experience here. Today we made too many mistakes."
Each team took turns gaining momentum in the first set. Canada began well but Brazil fought back to lead at the first technical time out. They increased their lead to three points but the Canadians stayed focused and surged back to tie the set 18-18. Favoured by the Polish fans the Canadians produced an excellent finish to win 25-23.
"I think today we were learning how to play on a high level,’’ said Winters. ‘’We weren't able to do it the whole time, only in the first set. Brazil’s quality of play was amazing. They came back after the first set and there wasn't much we could do after that."
A strong finish to the second set put Brazil in control as they built a 16-12 lead at the second technical time out and went on to a 25-18 victory to tie the match 1-1.
The Brazilians quickly took the lead in the beginning of the third set (4-1) and maintained control. The Canadians managed to stay close and finally caught their opponents at 21-21 giving the audience a real thriller. Nevertheless it was Brazil which won the set 25-23.
The beginning of set four illustrated how nervous the Canadians were – they made a lot of unforced errors and let their opponents jump out to an 8-1 lead. It was too much too make up.
"Canada played a really good match today, very tough,’’ said Brazil’s legendary coach Bernardo Rezende. ‘’This team has a lot in perspective for the future, they keep developing.’’
In the pool B standings, Poland remains first at 4-1 after sweeping Finland on Saturday. Brazil is second at 3-2, Canada is 2-3 and Finland 1-4.
On Sunday Canada will face Finland, while Brazil is getting ready to challenge the hosts, Poland.
Canadian team roster for Group B second round in World League men’s volleyball June 1-3 in Kartowice, Poland
Players: Dan Lewis, Oakville, Ont.; Gord Perrin, Creston, B.C.; Steve Brinkman, Oakville, Ont.; Fred Wnters, Victoria; Gavin Schmitt, Saskatoon; Dallas Soonias, Red Deer, Alta.; Josh Howatson, Victoria; Dustin Schneider, Brandon, Man.; Nicholas Cundy, Edmonton; Toon Van Lankvelt, Rivers, Man.,; Justin Duff, Winnipeg; Adam Kaminski, Chatham, Ont.; Adam Simac, Ottawa; Alexandre Gaumont-Casias, Marieville, Que.
Head coach: Glenn Hoag, Gatineau, Que.
Assistant coach: Vincent Pichette, Gatineau, Que.