Canada suffered its first loss in the FIVB World League away to Belgium in an important encounter that sets up a juicy rematch for Group 2, Pool C supremacy on Canadian soil this weekend.
After beating the Belgians three sets to two (22-25, 25-21, 25-17, 20-25, 16-14) in the opening of a pair of matches, Canada lost in four sets on Sunday (33-31, 25-12, 21-25, 25-23). Had Canada forced a fifth set in the second match, they would’ve been entitled to at least one point from the second contest.
During this phase of World League teams get maximum points (3) for a three or four-set win; a five set victory nets two points to the winner and a single for the losing side.
Belgium won four points from the weekend to Canada’s two. Pool C standings now have Belgium leading Canada 10 points to 7 before the two countries meet again June 13-14 in Vancouver.
The top country from Pool C along with Australia (which advances automatically as host nation) will go through to the final round of Group 2.