Podcast: Round 2 Preview

Podcast: Round 2 Preview
Everett is joined by Dan from Five One VB to preview Round 2 of the 2018 FIVB Men's World Championships. As always, you can check out more about this, and other volleyball related events and profiles over on our website: http://volleyballsource.net

World Champs: Canada Dominates Dutch in Opener

World Champs: Canada Dominates Dutch in Opener
 Match Statistics by Team

Match Statistics by Team

The Maple Volleys have opened the 2018 FIVB World Championships in dominating fashion with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-18) win of the Netherlands today in Bulgaria. They pick up a big three points to start Round 1.

 Team Canada Stats

Team Canada Stats

Jay Blankenau got the start and kicked things off by teeing one up for Dan JVD and was immediately followed by Nick Hoag ripping an ace to give Canada the early 2-0 lead - and never looked back. The Maple Volleys are at their best when they dominate the serve and block game - and that鈥檚 exactly what happened tonight.

It was clear the Maple Volleys were just too much to handle for the Dutch, who are playing in their first World Championships since 1994. They were in control from the very first point, and other than a slight lapse mid-way through the second set, dictated the pace of play and dominated with their size and skill.聽

Nick Hoag was on another level and looked better than ever. With 7 kills on 12 attempts, he was deadly efficient and was a menace from the baseline - scoring 4 aces and teed one up for Stephen Maar for the overkill at a crucial point in the 2nd. He鈥檚 always had a high-level of skill - but it was almost like he wanted to challenge Nimir Abdel-Aziz to see who could hit harder, because he was absolutely hammering it today.聽

Both Gord Perrin and Sharone Vernon-Evans looked good in their official return to the roster. While Vernon-Evans started all three sets and played the majority of the match - Perrin was subbed off mid-way through the second in favour of Stephen Maar, a move we鈥檙e probably going to see more than once during the opening round in order to keep everyone as healthy as possible.聽

It鈥檚 not often you see a winning team鈥檚 top scorer make only 7 kills - but with an offence spread as evenly as this, it鈥檚 no surprise. Three players (Hoag, Vernon-Evans, Jansen van Doorn) scored 7 kills while another trio (Perrin, Vigrass, Maar) scored six.聽

You gotta give credit where credits due - and might as well give your VISA to Jay Blankenau because he was money. Perrin and Vernon-Evans received the most sets - and that was only 15. He forced the middle early as Dan JVD led the scoring in the first-set.聽Finally - Steven Marshall got the start as libero - and if this continues we鈥檙e going to have to call him the 鈥淚ce Cream Man鈥 because he was scooping all day.

Despite the Dutch ranking of No. 25 in the World and making their first appearance at the World Championships - this was a must win game for Canada. A loss to the Dutch with games remaining against Brazil and France isn鈥檛 a way to start the tournament - and when you have Nimir Abdel-Aziz on your roster, anything is possible. He scored 13 times on 29 attempts today - so they did a pretty good job shutting down a guy who could be one of the world鈥檚 best hitters.

Next up they take on Egypt on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. ET / 7:00 a.m. PT. On paper - it鈥檚 a match they should win having never lost to the top-African nation. However - this doesn鈥檛 mean it will be easy as Egypt is a veteran team with a number of options offensively. Canada will be to be as good as they were against the Netherlands in order to ensure a full three points - since points from Round 1 are carried onto Round 2 - every point matters.

Post Game Quotes

Nicholas Hoag, player of Canada:聽"I think the big difference in the match was serve and receive. We served really well without any mistakes, put them in trouble and add a hard time running their offense. We also received really well, so starting like this is really important for us. I think winning the second set was the key moment for our victory. Even though we had some difficulties and they were playing better, coming back from a few points behind and winning that set made us a little bit relieved. We are going to have a big preparation for the match tomorrow and of course we hope for another 3-0 win."

Stephane Antiga, coach of Canada:聽I鈥檓 so satisfied with this opening victory against the Netherlands. It is really important win and the perfect start of the completion for us. The level of the teams here in Ruse is really high and in every single match you must play as good as possible in order to win. We went with great motivation, managed to be focused, and the most important thing is the result in the end 鈥 3-0. Now we are looking forward to our next match against Egypt.

锘縂ido Vermeulen, coach the Netherlands:聽"I think the team of Canada were stronger at the firs and the third set but the second set we played a good game. However, at the end of the day they were the better team today. In the end of the second set we played really well in defense and our substitutes did a really good job to keep us in the game. But then, it is only one ball so you never know. I think we played a decent game. Tomorrow is a rest day for us, so we will prepare for the match against China on Friday."聽

Abdel-Aziz Nimir, captain of the Netherlands:聽"Of course we knew that it is going to be a difficult match because Canada is ranked sixth in the FIVB rankings and we are twenty fifth. We hoped to play a little bit better. They gave us a lot of pressure from the very first point in the opening set, and that was the key in this game. We just could not handle it."

MNT: Ljubljana Volleyball Challenge

MNT: Ljubljana Volleyball Challenge

The Maple Volleys are in Ljubljana, Slovenia for their last preparations before the World Championships to take on Slovenia, the United States and Iran before they head to Bulgaria.

After going 0-3 at the Hubert Wagner Memorial Tournament in Poland, Team Canada is looking get in the win column before the big dance starts up next week. 


Thursday September 6th

馃嚫馃嚠Slovenia def. 馃嚚馃嚘Canada | 3-1 (27-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20)

Friday September 7th

馃嚚馃嚘Canada vs. 馃嚭馃嚫United States - 11:00 a.m. ET / 8:00 a.m. PT

Saturday September 8th

馃嚚馃嚘Canada vs. 馃嚠馃嚪Iran - 3:15 p.m. ET / 12:15 p.m. PT


#1 TJ Sanders | Setter - London, ON

#2 Gord Perrin | Outside - Creston, BC

#3 Steven Marshall | Libero - Abbotsford, BC

#4 Nicholas Hoag | Outside - Sherbrooke, QC

#5 Lucas Van Berkel | Middle - Edmonton, AB

#7 Stephen Maar | Outside - Aurora, ON

#8 Jay Blankenau | Setter - Calgary, AB

#9 Jason Derocco | Outside - Winnipeg, MB

#10 Sharone Vernon-Evans | Opposite - Scarborough, ON

#11 Dan Jansen van Doorn | Middle - Langley, BC

#16 Ryan Sclater | Oppodsite - Port Coquitlam, BC

#17 Graham Vigrass | Middle - Calgary, AB

#19 Blair Bann | Libero - Edmonton, AB

#20 Arthur Szwarc | Middle - Toronto, ON

#26 Eric Loeppky | Outside - Steinbach, MB

Men's Pan Am Cup

Men's Pan Am Cup

Pool A





Pool B




馃嚛馃嚧Dominican Republic

Pool C

馃嚭馃嚫United States


馃嚨馃嚪Puerto Rico



August 28th

馃嚚馃嚘Canada def. 馃嚚馃嚧Columbia | 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-22, 25-22)

August 29th

馃嚚馃嚘Canada def. 馃嚛馃嚧Dominican Republic | 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 25-16)

August 30th

馃嚙馃嚪Brazil def. 馃嚚馃嚘Canada | 3-0 (25-20, 25-15,  25-23)

August 31st

馃嚚馃嚘Canada vs. 馃嚚馃嚭Cuba | 8:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 p.m. PT

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  • #1 Jeremy Davies (L) - Calgary, AB | Team Lakappa (Finland)
  • #3 Logan Brenan (L) - Bragg Creek, AB | Winnipeg Wesmen
  • #4 Pearson Eshenko (MB) - Banff, AB | TWU Spartans
  • #5 Blake Sheerhorn (OP) - Bellevillem ON | Indykpol AZS Olsztyn (Poland)
  • #6 Justin Duff (MB) - Winnipeg, MB |
  • #7 Danny Demyanenko (MB) - Toronto, ON | Spacers Toulouse (France)
  • #8 Andrew Richards (OH) - London, ON | McMaster Marauders
  • #9 Terrel Bramwell (OP) - Mississauga, ON | 
  • #12 Daenen Gyimah (MB) - Scarborough, ON | UCLA Bruins
  • #17 Jackson Howe (MB) - Calgary, AB | TWU Spartans
  • #21 Brett Walsh (S) - Calgary, AB | Knack Roselare (Belgium) 
  • #22 Brandon Koppers (OH) - Georgetown, ON | Zaksa Kedzierzyn-Kozle (Poland)
  • #24 Byron Keturakis (S) - Surrey, BC | Narbonne Volley (France)