Canada's Frederic Winters attacks at the net
November 18, 2006, Sendai, Japan — A fine attacking display from Frederic
Winters was the key to Canada’s 3-1 victory over South Korea on Saturday.
The Canucks recovered from a set down to secure their second win 26-28, 25-23, 25-16, 25-23 and consign the Koreans to another defeat in Pool D.
The fresh-faced Winters proved a constant headache for the Koreans in a match that could have gone either way.
With South Korea ranked 11th and Canada 12th, it was bound to be tight and so it proved in the first set.
The Koreans made a break for it at 18-all and went three points clear and Sun Kyu Lee smashed home a big winner to bring up set point, which wasn’t taken.
“Freddy” Winters’ firecracker spike and Paul Duerden’s block leveled it at 24-24, but Korea finally won the set when Kyung Soo Lee’s lightning quick
reactions at the net saw him nail a spike down the center of the Canadian court.
With chatterbox libero Oh Hyun Yeo mopping up deflections all over the court, the Koreans were able to go into the first TTO 8-6 ahead in the second set.
An absolutely corking spike from Winters on the left moved Canada 15-14 in front, though, and Moon’s wayward finish at the net gave the Canucks a two-point lead at the second TTO.
Middle blocker Kyoung Min Ha started causing trouble down the middle with some punishing spikes, but a contentious winner right on the line from Duerden brought it to 23-23.
Pascal Cardinal stepped up to crash home down the middle to bring set point for the Canadians, and then a rugged block at the net gave them the set 25-23.
Spikes from Duerden and Winters from the left and right got the Canucks going in the beginning stages of the third set and they went into the first technical break 8-4 up.
Winters continued his impressive form on the left, with an angled effort
bringing the second TTO with Canada leading 16-13, and another two quick-fire smashes from the 24-year-old made it 19-14.
The Canucks kept racking up the points and Cardinal carried on Winters’ work on the left by forcing set point before a block by captain Murray Grapentine gave his side the third bracket, 25-16.
Referee Luciano Gaspari had fiery Korean coach Ho Chul Kim glaring at him at the start of the fourth set with a number of decisions that went Canada’s way, but his boys managed to battle to the second TTO with a one-point advantage.
But two massive blocks in a row from Michael Munday gave Canada a 21-19 lead and the tide had turned once again.
Winters crashed another spike right on the backline to bring match point for Canada at 24-23 and the youngster stepped up again on the right with one final cracker to give his side the match.