Canada loses to Italy in men’s volleyball world championship opener
The tight game is said to count only in horseshoes and drive-ins, but Canada gave Italy a good run in the opening match of the men’s volleyball world championship on Saturday in Ljubljana, in Slovenia.
Italy beat Canada in the best-of-five match 25-13, 25-18, 39-37 in Group E preliminary play.
Reigning European champions Italy had a clear advantage on the block against Canada, producing 14 points against Canada to four.
« Canada played really well in the third set, » said Michieletto. « We had some difficulties with their serves and we didn’t serve well from our side. But we are happy that we managed to win and start the tournament well. »
Ryan Sclater was the only Canadian to reach double figures in the game, collecting 12 points (11 kills, one ace).
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Canada is part of a four-team group with Turkey, China and Italy. Turkey beat China earlier in the day 25-15, 25-19, 25-14.
Canada’s next game is Monday against China. Canada will face Turkey on Wednesday.
There are 24 countries competing in the competition, which runs until September 11.