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Canada pull off shock win over Russia, Italy too good for Bulgaria

 
Canada captain Fred Winters said that "because of the stage of the World League Finals, this is one of the biggest wins" ever for Canada

Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 18, 2013 – The FIVB World League Finals continued to serve up plenty of drama and suspense on Thursday starting with an incredible come-from-behind Canadian victory over Olympic champions Russia 3-2 (20-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-11) before Italy completed an impressive 3-1 (25-18, 18-25, 25-22, 26-24) win over Bulgaria.

Canada’s shock win has thrown Pool E wide open with Brazil’s match against Canada on Friday set to determine which two of the three teams will advance to Saturday’s semifinals. Pool D is similarly in a position of uncertainty with Italy and Bulgaria with three points and Argentina on 0 with one game – Italy v Argentina – still to play on Friday.

Friday’s final pool matches will be followed by semifinal matches on Saturday and finals on Sunday.

Canada claim historic Russia win to open up Pool E
World No. 18 Canada pulled off one of the biggest wins in their history by beating Olympic champions and world No. 2 Russia for the first time ever in a five set thriller 3-2 (20-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-11) in their Pool E match on Thursday. In three previous matches between the two countries, Russia had won them all - one in five sets under the old scoring system and two in straight sets at the 1999 World Cup and 2006 World Championships. Canada now join Korea (2008) as the only team in the last 15 years to come back from two sets down to beat Russia in the World League and the Canadian victory throws Pool E open with Russia, who beat Brazil in five sets on Wednesday, missing out on the chance to confirm a spot in Saturday's semifinals.
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"We can do much better" - Hoag
Canada coach Glenn Hoag said there is still room for improvement despite his side claiming their first ever win over volleyball giants Russia during the World League Finals pool play on Thursday. "I'm very happy [with the win], it's a big step for us to come here, our programme has evolved in the last six years and this is a great accomplishment, but this tournament is far from over, and it's going to be a big fight tomorrow against an excellent team again.
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Italy too good for Bulgaria
World No 3 Italy repeated their Olympic bronze medal match victory over Bulgaria, ranked 8th in the world, in their opening FIVB Volleyball World League Finals match winning 3-1 (25-18, 18-25, 25-22, 26-24) in the Estadio Islas Mavinas on Thursday. The match was expected to be a heavyweight battle between the two highest scorers in the Intercontinental Round Ivan Zaytsev, who had tallied 215 points for Italy, and Bulgaria’s Tsvetan Sokolov who had scored 209 and it proved exactly that. Zaytsev led Italy’s scoring with 19 points but Sokolov was a man on a mission, recording 27 which represented close to 30 percent of Bulgaria’s points.
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Heart the key to victory says Travica
Dragan Travica said Italy played some of their best volleyball of the season, but was very proud of the heart his Italy team showed to beat Bulgaria 3-1 on day two of the 2013 World League Finals. "I think we played very well in the first set. This was one of the best [sets] we played this year in the World League."
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Competition set to get stiffer on day 2 of World League Finals
After beating Brazil in a five-set thriller in Wednesday’s opening match, Russia now gets set to take on Canada on day 2 of the World League Finals. And on top form after continuing their winning streak against Argentina, Bulgaria prepares to meet Italy in Thursday’s second match.
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Andrea Zorzi’s Day One Review

 

LIVE SCOREBOX | FINALS

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91 E 17/07 17:30 20:30 BRA-RUS 2-3 Mar del Plata View View View View
92 D 17/07 21:11 00:00 ARG-BUL 1-3 Mar del Plata View View View View
93 E 18/07 17:40 20:30 RUS-CAN 2-3 Mar del Plata View View View View
94 D 18/07 21:10 00:00 BUL-ITA 1-3 Mar del Plata
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95 E 19/07 16:30 19:30 CAN-BRA View Mar del Plata


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96 D 19/07 20:00 23:00 ITA-ARG View Mar del Plata


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Standings

Pool D

Rk Code Team Points Matches Results Details Sets Points
Played Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1 ITA Italy 3 1 1     1         3 1 3.000 94 89 1.056
2 BUL Bulgaria 3 2 1 1   1     1   4 4 1.000 187 191 0.979
3 ARG Argentina   1   1         1   1 3 0.333 97 98 0.990

Pool E

Rk Code Team Points Matches Results Details Sets Points
Played Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1 RUS Russia 3 2 1 1     1 1     5 5 1.000 215 203 1.059
2 CAN Canada 2 1 1       1       3 2 1.500 106 105 1.010
3 BRA Brazil 1 1   1       1     2 3 0.667 97 110 0.882


Top Scoring Performances
31 – Sokolov Tsvetan of Bulgaria v Poland (July14)
31 – Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia v Germany (June 30)
30 – Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia v Germany (June 29)
29 – Sokolov Tsvetan of Bulgaria v Argentina (World League Finals on July 17)
29 – Nikolay Pavlov of Russia v Germany (July 5)
28 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Russia (June 21)
28 – Wytze Kooistra of the Netherlands v Canada (May 31)
27 – Sokolov Tsvetan of Bulgaria v Italy (World League Finals on July14)
27 – Nikolay Pavlov of Russia v Brazil (World League Finals on July 17)
27 – Bartosz Kurek of Poland v Argentina (June 28)
27 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Germany (June 9)

Top Blocking Performances
6 – Lucas Saatkamp of Brazil v Russia (World League Finals on July 17)
6 – Nikolay Apalikov of Russia v Cuba (June 28)
6 – Dragan Stankovic of Serbia v Iran (June 21)
6 – Holt Maxwell of USA v France (June 14)
6 – Andrey Aschchev of Russia v Serbia (June 14)
6 – Frederic Winters of Canada v Korea (June 14)
6 – Emanuele Birarelli of Italy v Germany (June 9)
6 – Park Sang-Ha of Korea v Japan (June 1)
 
Top Blocking Performances by Team
20 – Iran v Serbia (June 23)
17 – Brazil v Russia (July 17)
17 – USA v Poland (July 5)
16 – Bulgaria v Argentina (June 22)
16 – Italy v Russia (June 21)
16 – Italy v Germany (June 9)

Top Serving Performances
7 – Alexandre Ferreira of Portugal v Finland (June 1)
6 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Cuba (June 14)
Top Serving Performances by Team
11 – Poland v Bulgaria (July 12)
11 - Russia v Serbia (June 14)
10 – USA v Argentina (June 8)
9 – France v Bulgaria (June 7)
9 – Portugal v Finland (June 1)
 
Highest Scorer by Round
Week 1: Wytze Kooistra of Netherlands, 28 (v Canada)
Week 2: Ivan Zaytsev of Italy, 27 (v Germany)
Week 3: Tatsuya Fukuzawa of Japan, 24 (v Finland)
Week 4: Ivan Zaytsev of Italy, 28 (v Russia)
Week 5: Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia, 30 (v Germany)
Week 6: Nikolay Pavlov of Russia, 29 (v Germany)
Week 7: Sokolov Tsvetan of Bulgaria, 31 (v Poland)
Finals:  Sokolov Tsvetan of Bulgaria, 29 (v Argentina)

Highest Set Score
Week 1: Netherlands v Portugal, 36-34
Week 2: Bulgaria v France, 31-29
Week 3: USA v France, 30-28
Week 4: Russia v Italy, 30-28
Week 5: Iran v Italy, 32-30
Week 6: Portugal v Korea, 32-34
Week 7: Brazil v USA, 28-26
Finals : Bulgaria v Argentina 28-26
 
Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Finland v Portugal, 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 15-12) – 219 points
Week 2: Brazil v Poland, 3-2 (28-26, 25-22, 23-25, 20-25, 15-10) – 219 points
Week 3: USA v France, 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 24-26, 30-28, 15-9) – 226 points
Week 4: Serbia v Iran, 3-2 (26-24, 25-23,17-25, 14-25, 18-16) - 213 points
Week 5: Portugal v Japan 2-3 (25-22, 23-25, 30-28, 22-25, 10-15) 225 points
Week 6: Poland v USA 3-2 (25-22, 19-25, 13-25, 30-28, 18-16) 221 points
Week 7: Bulgaria v Poland 3-2 (20-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20, 19-17) 221 points
Finals: Canada v Russia  3-2 (20-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-11) 211 points


 


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