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Canada finishes off a three-win Volleyball Nations League weekend

San Juan, Argentina, June 3, 2018 - Canada completed a sweep of weekend two of Volleyball Nations League with a 3-1 victory (25-23, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21) over Iran on Sunday.
 
"It was a great weekend with three wins, which I didn’t expect," said Canada’s coach Stephane Antiga. "Our goal was to win two games, which was still very difficult, so of course I am extremely satisfied with three wins. We are playing well and smart, and we defend a lot.  It’s not easy to win against teams like Iran, Italy and Argentina at home with their top players. I am very proud of the team."
 
Ryan Sclater contributed 18 points to Canada’s effort; and Stephen Maar backed him up with 13 points.
 
As they did yesterday against host Argentina, Canada bounced back from a surprising collapse in the third set – at one point the Canadian team was up by seven points, only to let Iran take the set.
 
Amir Ghafour battled bravely for Iran, snapping off 15 spike winners plus four block kills.
 
But in the end, Canada had a full team effort, with some key substitutions, including Steve Marshall and Nick Hoag, which helped the Canadian squad in the final stretch.
 
Canada now heads home with confidence as it hosts VNL next week, with the United States, Germany and Australia visiting the Nation’s Capital. 
 
Iran will hope to get its campaign back on track with a trip to Russia, where they will meet the host nation, China and Brazil.

Photo and match reports: FIVB

Canada hosts Volleyball Nations League in week three (June 8 to 10) in Ottawa, Ontario. Please send requests for media accreditation to media@volleyball.ca

Canada’s roster this week:
1 - TJ Sanders, London, ON (setter)
3 - Steve Marshall, Abbotsford, BC (outside hitter)
4 - Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke, QC (outside hitter)
5 - Lucas Van Berkel, Edmonton, AB (middle blocker)
7 - Stephen Maar, Aurora, ON (outside hitter)
9 - Jason DeRocco, Winnipeg, MB (outside hitter)
11 - Daniel Jansen Vandoorn, Langley, BC (middle blocker)
15 - Bryan Duquette, St. Thomas, ON (libero)
16 - Ryan Sclater, Port Coquitlam, BC  (opposite)
17 - Graham Vigrass, Calgary, AB (middle blocker)
18 - Bradley Gunter, Comox, BC (opposite)
19 - Blair Bann, Edmonton, AB (libero)
20 - Arthur Szwarc, Toronto, ON (middle blocker)
21 - Brett Walsh, Calgary, AB (setter)
 
Head coach: Stephane Antiga
Assistant coach: Dan Lewis 
Therapist: Melissa Healy
Statistician: Lionel Bonnaure
Team manager:Julien Boucher 
 
About Volleyball Nations League
In both the men's and women's leagues, the 16 teams in each gender will compete first in round robin format. With a total of 260 matches played in the tournament, each team will play a minimum of 15 matches and each core nation will host at least one pool. There will be one combined standings table across all pools for each gender. In the men's and women's competition, the top five teams of the standings will join the hosts for the finals.  #VNL 

 
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