Team Canada came away with their second win of the 2023 World Men’s Volleyball Nations League season. On Thursday from Orleans, France, Canada beat Bulgaria 22-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-20.
Four Canadians reached double digits in total points. Outside hitter Stephen Timothy Maar of Aurora, Ontario led Canada in scoring with 16 points, as he had 14 attack points, one point from a block, and one ace. Middle blocker Danny Demyanenko of Toronto, Ontario had 15 points, as he had 10 attack points, two block points, and three aces. Opposite Arthur Szwarc, also of Toronto, also had 15 points, as he had 12 attack points, one block point and two aces. Captain and opposite hitter Nicolas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Quebec had 10 points, as he had eight attack points, one block point and one ace. Maar led Canada with 14 attack points, while Demyanenko led Canada with three aces. Demyanenko and setter Luke Herr of Winnipeg, Manitoba both led Canada with two block points.
Canada had lost five straight World Men’s Volleyball Nations League games. They won their opening contest by a score of 25-21, 26-28, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13 over Cuba in Ottawa, Ontario on June 6. The teams that beat Canada are Argentina, the United States, Germany, Japan and Slovenia. Canada next plays France, which has a record of one win and four losses on Saturday.