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Serbia rallies to knock off Canada 3-1 in men’s Volleyball Nations League

Written by on June 9, 2024

OTTAWA — Canada got off to a promising start with a first-set victory, but Serbia rallied to beat their Volleyball Nations League rival 3-1 in a best-of-five match on Sunday at TD Place.

The Canadian men, who wrapped up the second week of VNL action with a 2-2 record, opened Sunday with a 25-21 win, but Serbia stormed back with three straight wins 25-20, 25-18 and 25-23 to take the match.

Serbia led in attacks (56-54) and serves (11-2). Canada led in blocks (8-7) and both teams committed 22 errors.

Outside hitter Stephen Timothy Maar and spiker Arthur Szwarc led Canada with 16 points apiece, while spiker Drazen Luburic led Serbia with 22 points and Miran Kujundzic had 19.

Canada, which has qualified for the Paris Olympics, beat Cuba on Tuesday and the United States on Saturday — both by 3-1 decisions — and lost 3-1 to Argentina on Thursday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 9, 2024.

The Canadian Press