Canadian spikers blast past Germans

Joey Villar - The Philippine Star
Canadian spikers blast past Germans
Canadian ace Stephen Timothy Maar smashes the two-man net defense of Germany in their VNL tiff yesterday at the MOA Arena.
Russell Palma

MANILA, Philippines —  During the media briefing of the Men’s Volleyball Nations League, Canada coach Tuomas Sammelvuo vowed to throw everything to make the final round set late this month in Lodz, Poland.

Sammelvuo isn’t about to renege on it.

Displaying the same top-class volleyball it showed when it finished second to Poland in pool play in the FIVB qualification meet in Xi’an, China last year, Canada smashed Germany, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21, to close in on achieving its goal.

A couple of days back, the Paris Olympics-bound team repulsed crowd darling Japan, 25-21, 20-25, 25-15, 20-25, 15-10, in the event powered by PLDT Home, the official local partner of the Volleyball Nations League 2024. (Catch the latest in sports with PLDT Home Fiber Unli All Plan 1799 which comes with unlimited Fiber, unlimited entertainment from Cignal, and free mobile calls.)

“We’re trying everything,” said Sammelvuo, whose wards have leapt from seventh to fifth with 18 points on six wins in 10 outings.

“We have already qualified for the Olympics, we’re now trying everything to be in the (VNL) final eight,” he added.

The Canadians would book a spot to the final round if they at least snare one of their last two matches against the gritty Brazilians today and the flying Dutch tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Iran, winless in the previous legs, continued to make waves in VNL Manila, pulling off another shocker, this time at the expense of the Netherlands, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-10.

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