Canada splits weekend World League matches in Bulgaria
Feature photo via FIVB World League
After starting the 2015 FIVB World League tournament with maximum points in its first three matches, Canada finally conceded one on Sunday, versus Bulgaria.
The men’s national team had defeated the Bulgarians on Saturday to start the season with three wins and nine points. They seemed likely to continue that perfect start on Sunday with a two-set lead in Europe. However, the Bulgarians fought back and won the next three sets to take the match 3-2 (21-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 15-9).
One night earlier Canada won 3-1 over Bulgaria in four sets (25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21). Gavin Schmitt led Canada in scoring on both nights, while Vladimir Nikolov did the same for Bulgaria.
Canada continues to lead Pool C of the World League with 10 points, six ahead of Argentina, though the South Americans have two matches in hand. Cuba rounds out the quartet.
Teams get three points for a three or four-set match victory in World League. In five-set matches the winner gets two points and single goes to the losing side for their effort.
Canada returns home for its next four matches, two against Argentina in Halifax on June 5-6 and then Bulgaria (June 12-13) the following weekend in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.