Netherlands loss opens door for Canada

 OTTAWA – Canada can advance to the FIVB World League men’s volleyball finals on Sunday with a victory over Japan in its final preliminary round match.

The Netherlands had an opportunity to clinch Group C and a berth to the finals on Saturday in its final match but was upset by Finland 25-19, 26-24, 20-25, 25-20.  Heading into Sunday, the Dutch (7-3) are first in the group with 22 points and Canada (7-2) follow at 21.  Only the first place team advances.

Sunday’s Canada-Japan match goes at 1 a.m. (EDT) in Osaka.  It wll be carried tape delayed on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific (National) @ 9:30 a.m. and tape delayed on Sportsnet One @ 9:30 p.m.