Canada beats Germany in a five-set thriller
OTTAWA, Canada, June 8, 2019:
Canada edged Germany 3-2 (23-25, 29-27, 25-18, 23-25 and 15-12)
after more than two hours and a half of intense play in front of
an energetic crowd in week two of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball
Nations League at Ottawa’s Arena at TD Place.
After three consecutive losses to the German team at major
events, Canada took revenge from their four-set defeat at the
same venue 12 months ago.
Canada equalled their longest run of victories in the VNL and
they will aim to for a record five consecutive wins on Sunday
Sharone Vernon-Evans was once again Canada’s top scorer with 24
points and Nicholas Hoag contributed 18. Graham Vigrass and
Jason DeTocco were also in double digits with 15 and 13,
respectively. Simon Hirsch led Germany’s performance with 21
points and Christian Fromm added 11.
"I’m really happy with the win. The team played solid
volleyball. The German team is a really strong team, especially
in the serving aspect. They have great players, so for us to
beat them it wasn’t an easy match. I didn’t expect any easy
match. We can now turn our attention to tomorrow (Canada plays
Serbia)," said Canada's coach Glenn Hoag.
“We figured the match would be close. Germany is a strong team;
they have big middle blockers so it’s difficult to spike against
them. We stuck with it, we had a bad couple first sets but it
was a really good team win so we’re happy,” commented Gordon
Perrin, the team captain.