Canada beats Netherlands at 2018 World Volleyball Championships

Nick Hoag (Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada has won their opening game at the 2018 World Volleyball Championships in Ruse, Bulgaria on Wednesday. The Canadian squad beat the Netherlands in straight sets 25-15, 25-23, 25-18.

Outside hitter Nick Hoag of Sherbrooke, Quebec led the Canadian offense with 12 points. Opposite spiker Sharone Vernon-Evans, who at 20 years old, is quickly becoming a star on Team Canada. The Scarborough, Ontario native also reached double digits in points as he had 10 points.

Vernon-Evans, Hoag and Daniel Jansen Van Doorn of Langley, British Columbia each led Canada with seven spikes. Vernon-Evans led Canada with three blocks and Hoag led Team Canada with four aces.

The match took one hour and 24 minutes to play. The first set was only 24 minutes and the second and third sets were 30 minutes each.

The 2018 World Volleyball Championships are being shared by Bulgaria and Italy. Canada is in Pool B with Brazil, France, China, Netherlands and Egypt. In other action on Wednesday in Pool B, France beat China in straight sets 25-20, 25-21, 25-17, while Brazil beat Egypt 25-17, 25-22, 25-20. There is no doubt that Brazil and France are the powerhouses in Canada’s group.

Meanwhile, in Pool A, Italy won their opener over Japan 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 on Sunday. In other Pool A action on Wednesday, Slovenia beat the Dominican Republic 22-25, 25-13, 25-13, 25-17 and Belgium beat Argentina 25-19, 25-19, 22-25, 25-19. In Pool C on Wednesday, Cameroon beat Tunisia 25-20, 28-26, 25-21, Russia beat Australia 25-21, 25-20, 25-16 and the United States beat Serbia 15-25, 25-14, 21-25, 25-20, 15-10. In Pool D on Sunday, Bulgaria beat Finland 25-21, 25-19, 25-22, while on Wednesday, Iran beat Puerto Rico 25-19, 25-14, 25-18 and Poland beat Cuba 25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 25-14.

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