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Canada wins battle with neighbours Team USA


Canada celebrates its victory over the United States

Hoffman Estates, USA, June 22, 2019 – Canada used tough serving and blocking to quiet the crowd and beat the host United States, 3-1 at the Sears Centre.

Canada Player Graham Vigrass: “The crowd here was great tonight. It’s fun to play and it’s fun to beat the team that’s hosting. There’s always great energy when we play the States. Both ways, we always want to beat each other.”

Canada Coach Glenn Hoag: “We’re happy with the win because the team played well and focused. We kept errors low, which is a big thing for us. They were able to play more. Block defence is one of our strengths and that worked really well tonight. Our serving was good.”

U.S. Player Garrett Muagututia: “Canada started figuring us out. They were making some good blocking moves; scheming a little bit. I don’t think we made those moves as well as they did. Tomorrow we hope to keep learning and keep going. I think our service wasn’t too good today. We didn’t put enough pressure on them from the service line.”

U.S. Coach John Speraw: “I’m disappointed in the loss. We never really put any pressure on them from a service perspective or the block and defense. When we did in certain stretches of the match, we played pretty well. But over the course of the match we just didn’t sustain it.”