Canada’s run at the FIVB World League ended with a whimper in Australia.
The national men’s volleyball team dropped both of its matches to the host Australians to finish second in Group C with a 6-6 record but failing to advance beyond the intercontinental round.
On Sunday, Rivers’ Toon Van Lankvelt had eight kills and a block for the Canadian crew, which did not include Brandon-based setter Dustin Schneider, as they it 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-18).
Dallas Soonias led Canada with 22 kills and a pair of blocks while former Brandon University Bobcat Paul Sanderson had eight kills for the Aussies.
Sanderson dominated on Saturday with 12 kills and four aces in the Australians’ 3-2 (25-27, 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 15-7) victory. Van Lankvelt had five kills and two blocks for Canada, which got 30 kills from Gavin Schmitt.
Despite finishing last in Pool C with a 5-7 record, Australia advances to the Group 2 final four as the host team. Belgium, France and the Netherlands also advanced from the intercontinental round.
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