Canada improves to 2-0 in men's volleyball at Universiade

SHENZHEN, China (CIS) – Canada’s men’s volleyball team improved to 2-0 on Sunday at the 26th Summer Universiade thanks to a convincing 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-23) win over host China.


Whether it was at the net, on the attack or when they were serving, the players in red, white and black were dominant from pillar to post, never allowing an inch to their opponents.

“We had a considerable size advantage, but the biggest difference I saw tonight was our ball control,” said Canada head coach Larry McKay. “Our players executed perfectly in all aspects of the game, it was a very satisfying performance.”

The first two sets were almost identical as the Canadians got out to a fast start, creating a seven-point advantage midway through both frames. China brought more energy to the third, taking their only lead of the night, 4-3, before McKay’s student-athletes took back the advantage and closed out the win.

For the second straight night, Karl De Granpré of Pierreville, Que., (in photo) led his team with 12 kills. Spencer Leiske of Lacombe, Alta., added seven kills and four blocks.

With two wins in the bank and two games remaining in the preliminary round, Canada (2-0) occupies the top spot in Pool A and has a rendez-vous with Norway Tuesday at 6 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET).

“We need to prepare diligently for Norway, they have a lot of talent in a variety of areas,” said McKay. “A third win would put us in a very advantageous position to move on in the tournament.”