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Canada thumps Germany 3-0 in men's Volleyball Nations League action

Arthur Szwarc (#20) celebrates with teammates (from left) Nicholas Hoag, Stephen Maar and Blair Bann after scoring a point against Cuba during the men's volleyball 2020 Olympic qualification tournament at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Canada improved its chances of advancing to the quarterfinals of the men's Volleyball Nations League with a lopsided 3-0 win over Germany on Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Lam

MANILA, Philippines - Canada improved its chances of advancing to the quarterfinals of the men's Volleyball Nations League with a lopsided 3-0 win over Germany on Thursday.

Stephen Maar and Arthur Szwarc each had a game-high 15 points for Canada which won handily with set scores of 25-18, 25-18 and 25-21.

Moritz Karlitzek led Germany with 13 points.

Canada outscored Germany in attacking (46-31), blocking (8-3) and aces (4-3).

Canada, which has already qualified for the Paris Olympics, sits fifth in the standings halfway through the final week of preliminary-round play. The top three teams at the end of the week advance to the quarterfinals.

The Canadians (6-4) face fourth-place Brazil on Friday before wrapping up the preliminary round Saturday against No. 13 Netherlands.

"It was a great and important win — we played very, very well for two and a half sets; especially in attack," said Canada head coach Tuomas Sammelvuo.

"There’s always something to learn and that’s how we handle moments of the game, such as the last part of the third set (when Germany attempted a comeback), which was a good lesson for us. How to stay focused and push on every rally. But it was great game in attack … now we recover and get ready for the next game."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 20, 2024.

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