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Men's World Cup 2003 - Match description Info

Match description

Canada beat Tunisia 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-20) - duration 1:12
28-Nov, start time: 15:05, end time: 16:17 - Attendance: 327
Canada Defeat Tunisia for Third Win
Canada collected their third win of the 2003 men's World Cup of Volleyball when they downed Tunisia in straight-sets at Site B in Tokyo. The NORCECA Championship runners-up, led by the impressive attacking skills of Sebastien Ruette, won 25-23, 25-20, 25-20 in the Metropolitan Stadium, while Tunisia suffered what was their eighth defeat in nine games.

The victory keeps Canada ahead of Venezuela on the World Cup standings and gives them a chance of catching hosts Japan. Venezuela were 3-1 winners in the opening Site B match of the day while Japan face France in the last match at Site A.

Tunisia enjoyed the better start with Noureddine Hfaiedh and Hosni Karamosly immediately into the action. Consecutive spikes from Marouan Fehri saw them move 10-6 ahead only for Canada, led by the offense of Ruette, to fight back and take a 22-21 lead. Canada held on to take the first set with a spike from Jason Haldane and a block from Ruette.

Consecutive Tunisian errors gifted Canada an early lead in the second, and some effective spiking by middle blocker Murray Grapentine helped them to extend their advantage to15-10. Ruette continued to launch his bombs from the flanks as Canada maintained their lead before sealing the set with another Grapentine spike.

But the Tunisians are nothing if not fighters, as they proved in their five-set victory over Japan and narrow loss to France and they made Canada work hard at the start of the third. Hfaiedh continued to trouble the Canadians but gradually their power started to tell. They moved from 9-9 to 16-14, extended their lead to 21-17 with a spike from Fred Winters, and rounded off their win with another hit from Haldane.