Canada earns first win over U.S.

MONTREAL (May 2, 2013)– Canada’s national men’s sitting volleyball team earned its first ever victory over the United States in men’s sitting volleyball this past weekend at the Défi Sportif.

On Friday April 26, the Canadians playing in their first match in over a year beat the Americans 25-23, 25-18, 25-22. Darek Symonowicz of Toronto was the top Canadian scorer with 13 points. The Americans rebounded the next day defeating Canada 23-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-15. Doug Learoyd of Calgary led Canada with 13 points.  

"We got off to a great start in the exhibition series and were able to put pressure on the USA early with our ball control and maintain that pressure throughout the match,’’ said Canada’s head coach Ray Sewell of Calgary.  ‘’The second day, we knew they were going to be better and they were.  The USA outworked us on the defensive end and we were unable to score at critical times. ‘’

In the deciding match Sunday, the U.S., won again in four sets 25-15, 25-20, 16-25, 25-20. Larry Matthews of St. Albert, Alta., and Symonowicz scored nine points apiece for Canada.

‘’For our program, it was great that the third match meant something,’’ said Sewell.  ‘’We needed to see how guys performed in a pressure situation.  Our work ethic was better this match, but we made costly errors at key points in sets and could not build any runs or momentum.  Overall though, this was a great step forward for our team and we know where we need to improve upon and will begin to address those issues."

Next up for Canada will be the annual National Team Selection Camp in Edmonton, May 9-12, 2013.

For more information on sitting volleyball in Canada, contact Ian Halliday at ihalliday@volleyball.ca.