Canada and USA finish with victories

RIMINI, Italy, June 23, 2021 – Canada edged Serbia and United States swept Japan in the last day of the preliminary round of the FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League on Wednesday.

Canada came all the way back from a 0-2 deficit to defeat Serbia 3-2 (17-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-20, 17-15) while United States beat Japan 3-0 (25-21, 25-24, 25-20).

Ryan Joseph Sclater and John Gordon Perrin had 17 and 15 points, respectively, as the top offensive weapons for the Canadian side. Marko Ivovic had a match-high 20 points for Serbia, followed by Miran Kujundzic, Petar Krsmanovic and Aleksander Atanasijevic with 15, 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Torey Defalco led United States with 17 points. Other big offensive contributors were Mathew Anderson and Garrett Muguatutia each with 12 points and Maxwell Holt with 10.

United States finished in seventh place with an 8-7 win-loss record while Canada was next in eighth position at 7-8.