World League: Canada Makes Quick Work of Belgium

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 13, 2014 – Canada earned their fourth victory of 2014 FIVB World League action on Friday night with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-21) win over Belgium.

Gavin Schmitt (Saskatoon, SK) led the way for Canada with 16 points, while Fred Winters (Victoria, BC) and Gordon Perrin (Creston, BC) chipped in with another eight points apiece. Adam Simac (Ottawa, ON) also provided some big points for Canada, as he led all players with four block points.

In the first set Canada jumped out to the early 4-1 lead and never looked back, as Belgium struggled to find consistency in their attacking game. A balanced Canadian attack and solid team blocking played a huge part in Canada’s opening set which set the tone for the rest of the match.

Belgium’s inability to find any offensive rhythm made things easy for Canada tonight, “I think that we didn’t play our best game tonight,” said Belgium’s Captain, Frank Depestele.

“It was difficult for us today to get into the game; in the first set we got behind. Then we got a little bit into the game, but I think our serve and our side-out was not working well. Tomorrow we will be better.”

Even though Canada was clearly the better team on Friday night, Canada’s captain, Fred Winters knows tomorrow will be a different game.  “Obviously we know that Belgium can play much better tomorrow but it was fun to play in a game like this,” said Winters. “I think we needed it. We had a hard two games in Belgium and it’s fun to play a game like that where your offense is flowing, you’re not making a lot of mistakes but we have to forget about this game now because our goal is to get six points from the weekend so we can take over first place in our group.”

Winters received high praise from his coach after tonight’s game and hopes he can continue his consistent play on Saturday night, “I thought Fred had a really good match tonight,”  said Head Coach, Glenn Hoag.

“It was probably his best match so far in World League. I think on attack we could have given him more balls. Overall our block defence was good. Our serving was ok but, we need to become a better serving team, we’re not a great serving team.”

“I expect Belgium to recover from this and play much better. We had some really good matches in Belgium. Both teams are fighting hard and I think it will be this type of match tomorrow. So we will focus on that now that this is over.”

Tomorrow they’ll look to play off the crowd’s energy even more at UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, something they didn’t have in Belgium last week.   Saturday’s game begins at 5 pm, Pacific time.