Julien Boucher's world championship blog

Day #13 – September 25  – Trieste

We had a good start to the day.  We trained for an hour this morning on the match court, which happens rarely at an official FIVB event. Usually the match court is reserved for the matches. But a heavy rainfall this morning caused problems at the practice facility. Therefore organizers let the teams practice in the big hall.

The rest of the day also went well even though we had little time between practice and the match… 5 p.m. games come fast.

We had a good start in the first set.  It was probably our best performance in several weeks ...until 20-20. Then two errors took the wind out of our sails and allowed a nervous Polish squad to win 25-22. That shifted the momentum to the Poles and we never recovered.  Still we grabbed an 8-3 lead in the second set but the Poles responded with five straight points. After we played catch-up for the rest of the set. The final score was 25-21. The third set ended 25-13.

Fred Winters continued to be our main offensive threat with nine kills and 3.21 score out of 4 for service reception. Gavin Schmitt led the team with 12 points.

The coaches and I returned to the gym after supper to watch the Serbia-German match.  Serbia appears to be on a mission and easily won. The Germans had beaten Brazil two times in three matches last week. Therefore there is a big challenge ahead for us tonight against the Serbians.

Julien Boucher, Canadian team manager.