Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Canada advances to World League finals in men’s volleyball

Canada advanced to the FIVB World League men’s volleyball finals for the first time after a dramatic five set victory over Japan (25-23, 23-25, 25-27, 25-18, 15-7) in their last preliminary round match in Osaka, Japan on Sunday.

LEHTIKUVA/REUTERS

Canada has advanced to the FIVB World League men's volleyball finals for the first time after a dramatic five set victory over Japan (25-23, 23-25, 25-27, 25-18, 15-7) in their last preliminary round match.

It was a sixth consecutive win for the Canadians (8-2) and they will be one of six countries in Mar del Plata, Argentina, for the finals July 17-21.

"We reached our big goal for this season," said Canada's head coach Glenn Hoag. "It's easy to say but a lot harder to do. This is a big step for us. The guys worked hard and improved through the process. They never flinched under the pressure today. I was really impressed."

Story continues below advertisement

Dallas Soonias of Red Deer, Alta., led the Canadian attack with 24 points while Rudy Verhoeff of Calgary and Gord Perrin of Creston, B.C., added 18 each.

"The stress level was pretty high," said Canadian team captain Fred Winters. "When we fell behind 1-2 in sets we were aware that we could potentially squander our chance to be in the final. But we knew Japan couldn't keep that pace and in the end we got them."

The 24th FIVB World League, which offers $5.7-million (U.S.) in prize money, features 18 teams split into three pools of six that compete in a five-round, 10-match format.

The top two teams from Group A and B also advance to the six-team finals, along with host Argentina. The other two groups conclude their preliminary rounds next weekend.

Report an error
Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

Please note that our commenting partner Civil Comments is closing down. As such we will be implementing a new commenting partner in the coming weeks. As of December 20th, 2017 we will be shutting down commenting on all article pages across our site while we do the maintenance and updates. We understand that commenting is important to our audience and hope to have a technical solution in place January 2018.

Discussion loading… ✨