Canada's men's volleyball team remains undefeated in world league play
Bulgaria falls 3-1 to Canada at the 2015 FIVB
Canada's men's volleyball team remained undefeated in 2015 FIVB world league play by beating Bulgaria 3-1 on Saturday.
The Canadians took the match 25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21.
Canada got off to a strong start with Gord Perrin's blocking and Gavin Schmitt's hitting to take the first set. The second set was a similar story as Schmitt hit aces while Bulgaria's team captain Vladimir Nikolov was plagued by service errors.
Unforced errors helped Canada to the lead in set three, but Bulgaria found its game to take the set. It stayed close in set four until a late surge by Canada — led Schmitt.
"I am happy with the win," said Canada's head coach Glenn Hoag. "The team stayed very focused and respected the game plan. At the end of the second set, we started to get tired and made several unforced errors in the third. Bulgaria played steady ball, but our guys came up with key plays in the crunch."
Schmitt was the match top scorer with 26 points, the highest in world league so far this season, with the next best contribution to Canada's scoring coming from Toon Van Lankvelt with 15 and then 13 from Perrin. Vladimir Nikolov had 20 points for Bulgaria.