Win over host Czech Republic completes weekend sweep for Canada at FIVB World League
Action continues at home next weekend in Saskatoon
Canada won its final volleyball match of the weekend in FIVB World League action in the Czech Republic against the host nation, moving to 3-0.
The Canadian team won 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 24-26, 26-24) in a game which included three tight sets in front of a large home crowd. After going up 2-0, the Canadians dropped the first set of the weekend before rallying to a fourth-set win, topped off with a game-winning ace.
Canada's captain Fred Winters led the game in scoring with 19 points, including the final ace.
"This is the first time we have started World League with three wins on the road," said Winters. "We got a little bit tired in the third set, but then Blankenau came on and saved us from service line. It was nice to see because he didn't play this weekend and he did his job."
The Canadians beat China in straight sets Friday before defeating Egypt in as many Saturday.
"Assistant coach Vincent Pichette, (statistician) Murat Haktanir and indeed the whole support staff here did so much work preparing the team and deserve much credit." said head coach Larry McKay about the weekend.
Canada continues its World League matches against South Korea Friday at home from Saskatoon. Next weekend's action will be streamed live on cbcsports.ca and the CBC sports app.
The team will also host a rematch with China Saturday before taking on Portugal Sunday.