Canada loses thriller to Brazil in World League volleyball

 TAMPERE, Finland (June 15, 2012) – Canada took world number-one Brazil to the five set limit for the second time this year but loss on Friday 22-25, 25-19, 25-14, 19-25, 15-9 in the FIVB World League tournament in men’s volleyball.

With the win, the Brazilians keep their hopes alive to finish first in Group B with a 7-3 record while the Canadians drop to 2-8.  One of those wins was over Brazil at the opening stop on the World League circuit last month in Toronto.

Gavin Schmitt of Saskatoon led the Canadian attack with 27 points while Justin Duff of Winnipeg added 11 and Fred Winters of Victoria nine.  Brazil made 29 offensive errors compared to 20 for the Canadians.

"We were happy with the way we started the match,’’ said Winters.  ‘’We obviously later lost some confidence when Brazil came back with strength. In the back of our heads we were already thinking of Sunday and the last match against Finland for third place in the pool."

Ciaran McGovern of Grande Prairie, Alta., flew in this week  to replace setter Josh Howatson of Victoria who suffered an ankle injury last weekend in Brazil.  He played in all five sets for the Canadians and contributed three points as well.

"Canada played much better offensively than last weekend against us,’’ said Brazil’s head coach Bernardo Rezende. ‘’We had ups and downs. We are little tired and we have to rest a little bit and be ready for the match tomorrow."

The Canadians face Poland, ranked fourth in the world, on Saturday before closing out their World League season Sunday against Finland.

The top team in each of the four groups, host Bulgaria and the best second place team at the end of the preliminary round advance to the World League final next month in Sofia.

ROSTER

Canadian team roster for Group B fourth round in World League men’s volleyball June 15-17 in

Tampere, Finland:

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.; Ciaran McGovern, Grande Prairie, Alta.; Olivier Faucher, Plessisville, Que.;  Blair Bann, 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.

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