Canada struggles in opener, but looks ahead to day two of VNL
MENDOZA, Argentina, June 01, 2019 - Today Canada’s men’s team
plays Portugal in Volleyball Nations League and will attempt to
find its first win, after an opener loss Friday evening.
It was Bulgaria over Canada 3-1
(25-20, 26-24, 19-25, 25-17) in this VNL opener for both sides.
"We did some good things at
times, but we are far from our best volleyball,” explained head
coach Glenn Hoag. “We struggled with our offense. Our serve and
block were decent but our defense wasn’t very good tonight. The
team was disappointed, but we need to keep our focus on finding
solutions. We have great potential."
Bulgarian captain Nikolay Uchikov was the match top scorer with
27 points. Top scorer for Canada was Sharone-Vernon Evans with
22 points; followed by Graham Vigrass with 13.
"We have to work a lot of our
offense and be more efficient. It’s only the start, we have a
long way ahead, but it’s a very disappointing loss for our team.
We have to play better in offense and defense as well, we just
didn’t play well,” said Canada’s captain, Gord Perrin.
The last time Canada played Bulgaria it ended in a five-set win
for Canada at the World Championships in 2018..