Canada serves up World League win in Summerside
Feature photo: Steven Marshall of Canada serves (Photo: FIVB)
Canada took four of six FIVB World League points in a weekend split with Bulgaria in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.
After a five-set loss on Friday, the home team came back Saturday to win in four (25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20) and take the maximum three points on offer. That, combined with the single point earned for pushing Friday’s match to five, gave Canada a bigger share of the weekend that may prove crucial in Pool C, where Canada must win or finish second to Bulgaria to advance to the Group 2 finals.
Gord Perrin led Canada in scoring on Saturday with 17 points. The night’s previous and regular leading scorer for Canada, Gavin Schmitt, didn’t play on Saturday with Steven Marshall taking his place and contributing 12 points.
The other two teams in the pool, Argentina and Cuba, split their weekend series with three points each in Havana, giving Canada new breathing room in the standings. With 18 points, the Canadians top Bulgaria (10), Argentina (9) and Cuba (6). Although both Bulgaria and Argentina each have two matches in hand, Canada now mathematically controls its own destiny in search of the Group 2 finals.
Canada’s next matches are in Cuba on June 19-20, while Bulgaria visits Argentina that same weekend.