Canada edged Bulgaria 3-2 (17-25, 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 15-8) on Wednesday at the world men's volleyball championship in Gdansk, Poland.

Saskatoon's Gavin Schmitt led the way for Canada with 22 points at Ergo Arena.

"I'm really happy about the win," he said. "We played like a team with a lot of heart, we never gave up.

"They are a very difficult team and a good team, but everyone came together. Moving forward, we can work on our serving a bit more — that will benefit us — and then try to take each game one at a time."

"Our start of the match was great and then we, kind of, lost our way," Canadian head coach Glenn Hoag said. "Bulgaria came up with some big serves and got us in trouble.

Dustin [Schneider] came in [as setter] and brought us some stability, putting Gavin back in the game."

Canada captured the Pool C victory after a three-set loss Monday to second-ranked Russia.

"Our team has been working at bouncing back after bad performances,"  said Canadian captain Fred Winters of Victoria.

"We did it pretty well during World League. We'd lose, then come back strong.

"Although it was a hard-fought win, a win is a win and we're very happy to get two points."

Canada next plays No. 17 Egypt on Friday, followed by No. 22 Mexico on Saturday and No. 19 China on Sunday.  

Team Canada

  • TJ Sanders, London, Ont. 
  • Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke, Que. 
  • Dan Lewis, Oakville, Ont.        
  • Dallas Soonias, Red Deer, Alta.
  • Justin Duff, Winnipeg, Man.    
  • Adam Simac, Ottawa, Ont.
  • Dustin Schneider, Brandon, Man.     
  • Toontje Van Lankvelt, Rivers, Man.
  • Gavin Schmitt, Saskatoon
  • Fred Winters, Victoria
  • Graham Vigrass, Calgary
  • Gord Perrin, Creston, B.C.
  • Rudy Verhoeff, Calgary
  • Steve Marshall, Abbotsford, B.C.