Italy edged Canada in Men’s VNL

RIMINI, Italy, June 5, 2021 – Italy edged Canada 3-2 (25-19, 25-21, 21-25, 26-28, 15-11) in an emotional battle that closed the second week of the FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League on Saturday.

The Italians took advantage of 39 unforced errors by the Canadians and held a 18-8 wide margin in the blocking category. The North Americans led 8-5 in aces.

Gabriel Nelli and Francesco Recine each had 19 points to share the lead as the best Italian scorers, while Mattia Bottolo chartered 14 points.

Nicholas Hoag topped Canada with 18 points, Eric Loeppky had 15 and Sharone Vernon-Evans added 13 in the losing cause.

Both Italy and Canada show 2-4 win-loss records after two weeks of play.