Canada to return to World League in 2013TAMPERE, Finland (June 17, 2012) – Canada defeated Finland 21-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-20 in a 2012 FIVB World League men’s volleyball showdown which not only decided third spot on Group B but also which country would get a ticket to the 2013 World League tournament.
The Canadians, who returned this year to the 16-country World League for the first time in five years, finished with a 3-9 record for third spot and a 2013 World League berth.
"We didn't win as many matches in this year's World League as we wanted but third place is satisfying for now,’’ said Canadian team captain Fred Winters of Victoria.
Gavin Schmitt of
‘’We had a young team on the court and it was a great experience for the guys,’’
The hosts had a good start to the match taking the first set 25-21 with an excellent fighting spirit and great support from the Finnish crowd.
However in the second set the Finnish spikers started to make simple mistakes and
The Canadians started the third well, hitting aggressively. They moved into a 10 point lead and it proved too much for the Finns.
‘’We achieved a big goal with this win,’’ said Hoag. ‘’It was a great team win and the guys were patient. We were stable after the first set and dominated the rest of the match. We felt we kept pace with big teams like
The prestigious 16-country World League tournament now in its 23rd year, takes place every summer, reaching all corners of the planet, offering worldwide TV coverage and the biggest cash prizes in the sport.
Canadian team roster for Group B fourth round in World League men’s volleyball June 15-17 in
Players: Dan Lewis,
Head coach: Glenn Hoag,
Assistant coach: Vincent Pichette, Gatineau, Que.