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Canada picks up its first 2018 Volleyball Nations League victory

Krakow, Poland , May 26, 2018 -  In its second Volleyball Nations League match of the season, team Canada beat Korea in 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-19), putting yesterday’s loss to Russia in the rear-view mirror, and now focusing on a battle with Poland tomorrow.
 
Stephen Maar topped scoring for Canada with 12 points, and middle blocker Graham Vigrass (11 points) and opposite Bradley Gunter (eight points) were also impressive. Canada earned eight points from blocks compared with just one from Korea.
 
“It was a nice victory today,” said Canada’s head coach Stephane Antiga, previously the coach of Poland’s national squad.  "We played a serious game and we didn’t make as many mistakes in our serves and we received well. It was a logical win.”
 
Jiseok Jung with 11 points was the stand-out performer for Korea despite the many errors on his team's side. And although Korea tried to mount a comeback in the third set when they tied the set at 14, they were outclassed by Canada in the end.
 
Canada plays the home-crowd favourites, Poland, tomorrow at 16:00h local, 10 am Eastern time.
 

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 

Photo: FIVB
 
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