Photo via FIVB
Photo via FIVB

Unbeaten Canada looks for a spot in FIVB World League finals

Undefeated in the 2016 FIVB World League so far, Volleyball Canada’s men’s team is set to start the third leg of the Intercontinental Round.

After defeating China, South Korea, Portugal, Czech Republic and Egypt in the previous legs, the Canadian squad will face two new opponents and have one rematch in the final weekend of the Intercontinental Round, from July 1-3, in Tampere, Finland.

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The first Canadian match of the weekend will be against Cuba, which seeks its third win in the competition. On Saturday, Canada and Portugal will meet again. Team Canada defeated the European squad 3-1 in the second leg of the competition, held in Saskatoon. On Sunday, the opponent will be host Finland.

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Canada leads Group 2 of the World league, with just two lost sets. Every win in the third leg will be crucial, since only the first three teams will progress to the finals.

Canada vs Korea, 2016 FIVB Volleyball World League / Photo: FIVB

Canada vs Korea, second leg of the Intercontinental Round / Photo: FIVB

As host, Portugal is already qualified for the finals in Matosinhos, from July 9-10. The final round could lead to a promotion to Group 1 next season if certain FIVB conditions for eligibility are met.

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As in previous Olympic years, the 2016 FIVB World League is a shortened version of the competition to accommodate teams taking part in Rio 2016. The Intercontinental Round sees three different venues hosting matches over each of the three weeks of play.