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Canada beats Finland for Pool C lead at World League


Finland missed the target too often against Canada.

Helsinki, Finland, June 28, 2013 – Canada secured an important victory Friday beating Finland 3-1 in a World League Pool C match (25-13, 22-25, 25-21, 25-20).

Canada played an efficient, well balanced game, mixing raw power with soft touches, classy defense-splitting serves and a good defense of its own. The team managed to build up easy finishes for points at a bigger rate than the hosts whose game in comparison was a bit one-dimensional.

With three points from the win, Canada moved to lead Pool C with 15 points ahead of the Netherlands at 13, with one game less. But the great significance for the guests was that they upped the margin to third-place Finland to six points.

Canada’s left-handed hitter Dallas Soonias was a star in the game finishing with 17 points, constantly keeping the Finns guessing, while Rudy Verhoeff, 12 points, and John Gordon Perrin, 14 points, were prominent too. Frederic Winters had 12 points.

For Finland, Mikko OIvanen spiked 18 points, with twin brother Matti starring in the blocks with 12 points.

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, and the ability to keep errors at a minimum, Canadian won the set, 25-13.

Finland hung on in the second set winning 25-22, with spikers Mikko Oivanen and Urpo Sivula picking up their game.  Soonias hit well from the right outside position, but after Canada lead 16-14 at the second technical time out Finland started getting blocking points and more Canadian blocks.

In the third set, Canada regrouped to lead 8-4 and 16-13 at the TTO’s and held off Finland to take a 2-1 lead, with the skillful Soonias finishing the set with two delightful open-hand tips delivered with feathery touch just over the net cord, Canada taking the set 25-21.

After trailing 5-4, Canada brought the victory home in a secure fashion, winning the fourth 25-20.

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