World League Week 1 review: Canada and Netherlands earn twin victories


Canadian hotshot Gavin Schmitt charted 36 points in two matches against Cuba in the opening weekend of the FIVB Volleyball World League

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 18, 2015 – Canada and the Netherlands prevailed twice over their opponents in the opening weekend of the 2015 edition of the FIVB Volleyball World League in Pools C and E, respectively.

Canada were off to a good start with a double straight-set victories over Cuba in Pool C in Calgary. In Matosinhos, the Netherlands had to endure an aggressive Portuguese side but somehow the Dutch managed to snatch two victories against the hosts in four and five sets, respectively.

Key Points

• Canada were in fine form against Cuba as they won both matches in straight sets.
• In seven previous meetings, Canada had only won five sets against Cuba in 20 sets.
• Canada have achieved two match wins on the opening weekend in three of their last four participations.
• Canada reached their 100th match in the World League on their first match in this edition.
• Netherlands became the sixth country with 150 wins in the World League after Brazil, Italy, Russia, Cuba and Serbia.
• Netherlands last achieved opening two-match victories in 2010 against Korea.
• Four Portugal-Netherlands matches in the World League were decided in a fifth set, with both teams having an equal win-loss card in those matches.
• Canadian Gavin Schmitt scored a total of 36 points in their matches against Cuba, while Dutch Rob Bontje guarded the net well with five blocks, the most blocks for any player in a match this weekend.


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