Toyama, Japan, September 18, 2015 – Argentina grabbed their sixth victory in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup Japan 2015
with a 3-1 victory (25-21, 23-25, 29-27, 25-22) over Canada at the Toyama City Gymnasium on Friday.
Facundo Conte connected with 25 points to win the Most Impressive Player award. Daniel Cornelius Jansen Vandoorn was the top scorer for the Canadian side with his 20-point haul.
Argentina got off to a sluggish start, slightly struggling in controlling the ball. Conte later sprung into his scoring duties, seamlessly switching between attacking and blocking.
The Canadian side took to their game at the middle with Jansen Vandoorn scoring key points, but the Argentine squad prevailed in the closing plays.
Nicolas Uriarte checked in for Argentina and dealt an ace to close the first set, 25-21.
Argentina went into a blistering 5-0 run in the second set.
Coach Glenn Hoag prompted a timeout to address what Canada was doing insufficiently from the attack line. Justin Duff and Gavin Schmitt helped remedy the situation to bring the score to 15-all.
Schmitt finished off the second set, 25-23, firing off from his spot on the wing.
Canada’s momentum moved into the third set with an effective counterattack. Jansen Vandoorn aced three in a row to post a 12-9 lead. John Gordon Perrin did brilliantly in both offense and defence.
Argentina persisted in capturing each point as they could to swing things to their favour. They won the third set, 29-27.
Canada did not back down in the fourth set and kept to their strength in passing the ball.
Argentina, however, had the clear edge with a greater gamut of offensive weapons. Luciano De Cecco could easily set the ball and he gets Cristian Poglajen or Ezequiel Palacios to score off it.
Coach Julio Velasco’s squad closed out the fourth set at 25-22.