Canadian national team player Nicholas Cundy helps Cannes to first victory in Champions League

OTTAWA- Canadian national team member Nicholas Cundy of Edmonton led all scorers with 23 points to leads AS Cannes (France) to its first victory this season in Champions League men’s volleyball play in a five-set victory over CSKA Bulgaria.

The Champions League is a 24-team tournament to determine the top pro club in Europe. The top-two teams from each of the six pools after round robin play gain an automatic berth in the second round.

Cannes, which had dropped its first four matches, overcame a 1-2 deficit to win 20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-15, 16-14 in a match that lasted nearly two hours. 

‘’We didn’t want to go the season without a win,’’ said Cundy, a seven-year national team veteran. ‘’We have been on a bad skid the last two months. It was important to know that we are still good, and that we should be winning more game. Personally, I felt like I finally put a more complete game together. I passed well, spiked okay, and served really well.’’

Fred Winters of Victoria (in photo) was one of three players with Friedrichshafen to notch 13 points as the German club defeated Zalau (Romania) 25-23, 25-21, 25-22. It was a second victory this season for Friedrichshafen.

Meanwhile ACH Bled (Slovenia) with two Canadian national team players in the line-lost a five-set thriller to Budva (Montenegro) 25-22, 21-25, 25-17, 15-25, 15-12. Libero Dan Lewis of Oakville, Ont., and rookie Adam Simac of Ottawa are on the Bled squad.

It was the first loss this season for Bled, Champions League finalists last year, which stand first this year in the Pool C standings at 4-1.

Round robin action ends next week.