Canada and Brazil meet anew in FIVB World League
Canada and Brazil continue their campaign in the FIVB World League in Katowice tonight.
The Canadians lost to Poland while the Brazilians beat Finland to start the second round of the Intercontinental Round yesterday.
Canada was swept by Poland 26-28 18-25 20-25. Gavin Schmitt led the North Americans with 17 points.
Canada coach Glenn Hoag said "We started well in the first set, but then Poland took control. Our reception was really bad and there was no comparison between my team and team Poland. They played great in block. I want to emphasize how happy I am with my opposite, Gavin Schmitt. Not only with his spikes, but also with serves and most of all his leadership skills."
Brazil, meanwhile, easily disposed of Finland 25–13 25–14 25–14. Sidnei dos Santos Jr led the way with 12 points while Wallace de Souza added 11.
"There are many aspects that played a role in Finland's loss. They missed some players, they didn't qualify for the Olympics," Brazil coach Bernardo Rezende said.
"On the other hand, we managed to recover after Toronto, we still miss some players but there are also some who are back. We have to maintain our focus on the Olympics, this is our main goal, so it is good to see progress here during the World League."
Canada stunned Brazil 3-2 in Round 1 but the South Americans were without some of their key players. Brazil is currently ranked second in Pool B with eight points while Canada is in third spot with five points.
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