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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Canada beat Croatia 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 25-23) - duration 1:40
30-Sep, start time: 20:40, end time: 22:20 - Attendance: 2,100
Transcendental victory of Canada.
On the second day of pool B that is being held at Angel Malvicino Stadium in the city of Santa Fe, the national team of Canada booked a hard victory over Croatia in four sets (25-22, 22-25- 25-17 and 25-23) after 91 minutes.

The first set was marked by an even play. Both setters centered the attacks in their respective opposites, and so the game turned very predictable at times, but effective as well. The contribution of the Croatian star Igor Omrcen (8 points) was the best argument for the Europens to mark a slim difference half way through the set. There and then the Canadian blocking system assumed protagonism and scored two successive points to close the set.
The second set was similar to the first. Paul Duerden's powerful spikes were once again too much for the Croatian defense. However, the differences quickly vanished. The setter Krnic began to use his middle players more often, and they scored the necessary points for the Croatians to tie the match.
For the third, head coach DeRocco decided to send to court the experienced Scott Koskie. The Canadian captain contributed with a clear distribution of the play and this was fundamental for his team to take back the leadership and put away the set without problems. The best player was the receiver Terence Martin.
In the last set, the development was even again. Canada increased the number of errors considerably and in this way the Europeans reached the first technical time-out in advantage. Then the experience of the Canadian team emerged to pull off an important victory that leaves them in an expecting position in the pool.
In the winning team, Paul Duerden was the best scorer with 20 points. In Croatia the best players were Maric and Omrcen with 19 and 18 respectively. After the match, the Canadian star said: "I'm very happy for winning this hard match. Tomorrow the pool will be defined."