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.

Outside striker Alessandro Michieletto, who dominated the game for Italy, said Canada were tougher than the scores indicated.

« 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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FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championships: Italy vs Canada

Watch Canada take on Italy at the 2022 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championships in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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.

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