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Canada's captain: 'Our goal to reach the final round is still very much alive'


Finland feeling down, Canada up after the match.

Helsinki, Finland, June 28, 2013 – Canada beat Finland in their first World League match on Friday 3-1, securing their spot at the top of Pool C.

“We acted with very good focus, and our captain Winters was very involved, he led us quite a bit,” said Canada’s coach Glenn Hoag. “He is not a loud person, but steady, which is important in a team. We have good athletes and play good level volleyball. Finland did not play so well and we exploited it, but they’ll come stronger tomorrow so we have to be ready.”

“Our goal to go to the final round is still very much alive, we are in the first place and it’s great,” said Canada captain Fred Winters. “We’ve done this now five times, winning the first game in a one-week series. We seem to play really well the first night, and not so good the second. Hopefully that will change tomorrow.”

In the first set, Finland had problems returning, especially with Verhoeff on the serve. The Canadians also showed a smart finishing, varying the pace of the ball. A few tremendous defensive lunges, Canadian won the set, 25-13. Finland hung on in the second set winning 25-22, in the third set, Canada regrouped to take the set 25-21, and after trailing 5-4, Canada brought the victory home in the fourth 25-20.

“It was a nice game by Canada, but it is hard to find explanations for our bad start to the game, getting problems in easy situations,” said Finland’s coach Tuomas Sammelvuo. “Canada was passing our serves very well, an amazing side out. And we got blocked by the center, one on one. Our side out cannot be like this, without being better there it is difficult to play.”

“This was not what I expected,” said Finland’s captain Antti Siltala. “We did not do too much today, we gave the game away. We should make it better tomorrow. What we showed today is not acceptable.”


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