World League: Another Loss for Canada in Last Weekend of World League Play
Sydney, Australia, July 06: After a tough 3-1 loss to Australia last night, Team Canada couldn’t find enough opportunities to score in their last World League match taking place at the Sydney Olympic Park. Canada was disposed of in four sets (25-22, 22-25, 17-25, 18-25) by the Volleyroos.
Despite taking the lead in the first set, Team Canada didn’t create enough ways to score and lost the three subsequent sets. All four sets looked hopeful for the Canadian squad as they managed to take the lead in the first half, but the strong Aussie offense and blocking system overpowered their opponent’s efforts.
“We were dominated throughout the match” said Team Canada Coach Glenn Hoag. “Our service reception was not that bad, but we were unable to execute the offensive game plan”.
Gavin Schmitt came into the afternoon as the leading scorer in Group 2 with 237 points, 53 more than anyone else in Group 2. In an effort to rest key veteran players, Schmitt and Captain Fred Winters didn't play a minute in the match on Sunday. Playing on the right side was Dallas Soonias who led the team offense with 24 points while Jason DeRocco added another 14. “Dallas played well, but he can’t be the only effective offensive player” said Hoag.
It was the first unsuccessful series for Team Canada, losing both games in the same weekend. They had previously won a match and lost a match, except in their opening weekend, where they won both matches against Finland in Calgary.
On the other hand, Team Australia made history with its first clean sweep in World League weekend series. “Finishing this way is very important for the team. We are learning a lot of things through this demanding process. We are learning about what it takes to play in the World League” said Team Australia Coach Jon Emili Uriarte. Thomas Edgar was the best scorer for the Aussie, racking up 24 points.
Team Australia has already qualified for the Group 2 Final Four as hosts. The Volleyroos will host the Final Four in Sydney next weekend. Australia will be joined by the winners of Pool C (Belgium), D (France) and E (the Netherlands) to compete for a ticket to the World League finals in Florence at the end of the months.
Sunday’s match will be broadcast on Sportsnet One at 1pm Eastern. Team Canada is now heading home after being on the road for six weeks. They will begin their preparation for the World Championship after a few well deserved days off. They will be travelling to Poland at the end of August.
Team Canada Roster
# Name Hometown
#1 Tyler Sanders - London, ON
#3 Daniel Lewis - Oakville,ON
#4 Jason DeRocco - East St. Paul, MB
#6 Justin Duff - Winnipeg, MB
#7 Dallas Soonias - Red Deer, AB
#8 Adam Simac - Ottawa, ON
#10 Toonje Van Lankvelt - Brandon, MB
#12 Gavin Schmitt - Saskatoon, SK
#15 Frederic Winters - Victoria, BC
#17 Graham Vigrass - Calgary, AB
#21 Jay Blankneau - Sherwood Park, AB
#22 Steve Marshall - Abbotsford, BC
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