Canada comes out on the winning end of five with Italy


HIROSHIMA, Japan, October 13, 2019 - Canada kept its composure to a win a thrilling contest with Italy 3-2 (19-25, 25-17, 15-25, 25-23, 18-16) at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup on Sunday at Hiroshima’s Green Arena.


The Canadian side improved its win-loss record to 4-5 with two more matches to play against Poland and Japan in the 12-team round robin


Gabriele Nelli was match top scorer with 23 points for Italy. Canada’s team captain, Nicholas Hoag, contributed 21 points to the win; while Stephen Maar scored 20. 

“Volleyball is in the blood of the Italians. They have shown us over the decades how to play volleyball at an extremely high level. We’ve learned a lot from them, so I thank them for that, and for these opportunities,” said Canada’s coach Dan Lewis.


Two days after going five sets with Canada, the U.S. Men made quick work of Australia, winning 25-14, 25-13, 25-16 on Sunday.


The U.S. Men (7-2) will rest up to face Russia (4-5) on Monday. The U.S. will finish the World Cup on Tuesday against Egypt.


If the U.S. Men hope to medal, they must win their final two matches as Japan is right behind Matt Anderson led all scorers with 13 points, Garrett Muagututia added 12 points and Aaron Russell totaled 10 points.