Canada, Netherlands meet for first time this century at World League
Canada, ranked 18th on the FIVB world rankings, will have a slight advantage while playing in their home country against the Netherlands, ranked 30th. However, as the only team in Pool C with a positive win-loss record, the Netherlands are expected to put up a strong fight.
The Netherlands also have more experience in the FIVB World League, competing 17 times, although they last participated in 2010, finishing 11th. Canada will make their seventh appearance in the tournament on Friday.
The Netherlands is one of seven countries to have won the World League, triumphing in 1996. The Netherlands has three podium finishes in the World League, but none since 1998. The Netherlands' 132 wins in World League play is fifth on the all-time list. Brazil (294), Italy (252), Russia (214) and Cuba (209) are the four countries with more wins than the Netherlands. Bulgaria sits in sixth place on 127 wins, five wins behind the Netherlands.
Canada's best performance in the World League was a seventh-place finish in the third edition of the tournament in 1992. Canada finished 12th in last year's tournament, winning three of its 12 matches. Canada has won 98 total sets in World League play. If Canada wins two or more sets against the Netherlands, it will become the 20th country to win 100 sets in World League history (counting Serbia and Serbia and Montenegro only once).
The last head-to-head matchup between Canada and the Netherland took place on June 27, 1999 and was won 3-0 by Canada.
The two teams have played 12 matches against each other in the World League, with the Netherlands winning eight and Canada winning four. However, Canada won three of the last four matches played between the countries, all in 1999.
In the 12 head-to-head matches, the Netherlands has won 25 sets while Canada has won 19. Only two of the 12 matches went to five sets – both won by the Netherlands.
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