Mississauga hosts World League Friday and Saturday night
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. (June 13, 2013)- With a 2-2 mark nearly halfway into the FIVB World League season, Canada’s head coach Glenn Hoag knows there’s not much wiggling room left if his troops want to advance to next month’s final round.
Canada’s men’s volleyball team faces South Korea on Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m., at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, its last two home games before hitting the road for Finland and Japan to play its final four preliminary round matches.
Only the top team in pool C advances to the final round. Finland and the Netherlands currently lead the group with 3-1 marks followed by Canada, South Korea and Portugal, all at 2-2. Japan is winless.
Canada's head coach Glenn Hoag has made it clear that he wants two wins this weekend.
"It's important for us to get some victories as we aim to finish first in our pool,’’ he said. ‘’South Korea is technically very gifted, and will be using multiple combinations and zone changes during the matches. They play a very fast, high-level game and the volleyball will be spectacular, but I also know their speed and complexity will test our patience."
The Canadian team is ready to put on a show and veteran player Dan Lewis says Canada needs to capitalize on home court advantage.
‘’Our Canadian team plays all over the world, and we are very excited to be playing here at the Hershey Centre,’’ said Lewis from nearby Oakville. ‘’This is our home court right now, and as we look into the stands it gives us extra inspiration. Live volleyball at this level is an incredible experience."
Coach Ki-Won Park and his Korean team hope to further their 14th place finish at the 2012 World League, which allowed them to qualify for the 2013 season.
“Canada is a very tall, powerful team, while our strengths are mostly in defense and our combination plays,” coach Ki-Won Park said after today’s practice. “That is essentially the difference between our two teams. In order to do well in the World League, we are in a must-win situation; I want to leave Canada having won at least one of the two matches over the weekend."
The first weekend of World League competition for the Canadians took place May 31 to June 1 at the Colisée Pepsi, Québec City, versus Netherlands with Canada winning the first match (25-22, 22-25, 27-25, 27-25) and the Netherlands winning the second match (25-22, 25-17, 20-25, 25-23). The second weekend was in Mississauga at the Hershey Centre June 7 and 8 against Portugal with Canada once again splitting the matches, winning (25-19 25-19 25-18) on June 7 and losing (19-25, 25-20, 18-25, 23-25) on June 8.
Friday's game features free tickets for kids under 12 when booked through Ticketmaster.