Canada finishes men's volleyball Nations League play with a whimper
After failing to advance, team turns eyes to Olympic Qualification in August
With little to play for, Canada finished up men's volleyball Nations League play on a low on Sunday.
Facing a strong French side, the Canadians – who on Saturday were eliminated from further contention, following a straight sets loss to Brazil – suffered yet another sweep 3-0 (25-22, 28-26, 25-23) at the hands of the No. 4 side.
Nicholas Hoag led Canada's attack with 16 points.
With the loss, Canada (8-7) finishes the 16-team preliminary round in ninth spot.
"We played well for most part. France played better at the end of sets, and we made a few errors too many," said Canada's coach Glenn Hoag.
"Our team kept their focus all tournament long, which was really good. This competition is very hard [five countries in five weekends], and I am very happy with the effort the group put in. We will get some well-needed rest and regroup for the next objective."
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Top ranked Brazil, Iran, Russia, France and Poland have advanced, along with hosts USA, to the next stage, which begins July 10 at the University of Illinois' Credit Union 1 Arena.
While Canada will now shift its focus to men's Olympic Qualification in China, August 9 to 11.