Volleyball World Cup: U.S. wins title, Canada finishes 7th
2nd-place Italy joins Americans in qualifying for Rio Olympics
The United States won its first men's volleyball World Cup in 30 years on Wednesday in Tokyo with a 25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 25-20 win over Argentina, while Canada defeated Tunisia in its finale to finish seventh.
Maxwell Holt scored 18 points as the U.S. team won the event for the first time since 1985 and secured a berth at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Italy secured the second of two available Olympic spots by finishing second with a 26-24, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19 win over world champion Poland, which lost for the first time in the round-robin tournament and finished third.
The United States, Italy and Poland all finished with 10 wins and one loss. The final ranking was determined by fewest sets lost.
Matt Anderson of the U.S. finished the tournament with 172 points and was named MVP.
Defending champion Russia beat host Japan 27-29, 25-17, 21-25, 25-17, 15-13 to finish fourth.
Canadians finish strong
The 25-19, 25-21, 25-17 decision over Tunisia gave Canada its third straight win and a 5-6 record.
Canada's Gord Perrin led all scorers with 14 points, and Nicholas Hoag won the match's Most Impressive Player award with 13 points.
"We're very happy with the win, for us it closes this World Cup on a positive note," said Canada's head coach Glenn Hoag. "We lacked a bit of preparation — we would have liked to maybe do better against the stronger teams, but that will be for the future."
Canada can still qualify for the Rio Olympics. That process resumes with a tournament in Mexico beginning Oct. 3 where the top four teams will move on to another qualifying event.
With files from CBC Sports