VNL Week 3: Team Canada continues roll

Canada booked its second straight win, dismantling Germany, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21, on Thursday, June 20, in Week 3 of the Men’s 2024 Volleyball Nations League (VNL) at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The Canadians bested the Germans after beating fan-favorite Japan, 25-21, 20-25, 25-15, 20-25, 15-10, last Tuesday. They were too much to handle, outscoring Germany in attacks, 46-31, and blocks, 8-3, to improve to 6-4 to strengthen their push for the final eight.

Stephen Timothy Maar of Canada [PNVF photo]
Stephen Timothy Maar of Canada [PNVF photo]

“I think we did a good job in serving and passing today,” Canada’s 6-foot-8 outside hitter Stephen Maar said after the match at the mixed zone. “Our team had pretty flawless volleyball. Germany fought the good fight at the end, but we handled it really well so I’m for the team.”

Maar was Canada’s leading attacker with 14 kills and a block for 15 points, while middle blocker 6-foot-10 Arthur Szwarc tallied 11 attacks, two blocks and two service aces for 15 points and Eric Loeppky added 11 points.

“It’s our favorite thing to do. When it’s uncomfortable to play early in the morning, it’s our favorite,” Maar added when asked how they feel playing in the morning. “This year, we were able to be a bit more prepared and I think that’s really helping start off our week.”

Eric Loeppky of Canada [PNVF photo]
Eric Loeppky of Canada [PNVF photo]

World’s No. 9 Canada, already qualified for the Paris Summer Olympic Games, built a 15-6 lead in the third set behind the dominance of Maar and Szwarc. Germany mounted a comeback at 11-15, but Canada’s frontline of Szwarc and Lucas Van Berkel was absolutely unstoppable.

Germany fell to 4-6 record despite Moritz Karlitzek’s 13 points on 12 kills and service point.

Canada tries to go 3-0 in Manila leg when it faces Brazil on Friday at 3:00 p.m. while Germany’s next game is against United States of America on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

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