Canada beats Cuba in five sets in World Men’s Volleyball Nations League

Ryan Sclater (Ali Entezari, Wikimedia Commons)

Canada played its first game in men’s Volleyball Nations League action for 2023 on Tuesday. At Toronto Dominion Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada defeated Cuba in five sets, 25-21, 26-28, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13.

Canada’s top player was without a doubt opposite Ryan Sclater of New Westminster, British Columbia. He led Canada with 27 points as 22 points came from the attack, four points from the block and one point via an ace.

Three other Canadians reached double digits in points. Outside hitter Stephen Maar of Aurora, Ontario had 18 points, captain and outside hitter Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Quebec had 13 points, and middle blocker Danny Demyanenko of Toronto, Ontario had 10 points. Maar had 14 points off the attack, two block points and two aces. Hoag had 12 points from the attack and one block point, and Demyanenko had six points from the attack and four block points.

This was Canada’s first of four Volleyball Nations League games in Ottawa this week. They will also play Argentina on Friday, the United States on Saturday and Germany on Sunday. The United States finished second in the 2022 Volleyball Nations League Men’s Final in Bologna, Italy. The Americans played a five set battle against France in the 2022 final but lost 25-16, 25-19, 15-25, 21-25, 15-10. This was the second silver medal for the United States as they lost the final to Russia in Chicago in 2019.

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