Fynnian Lionel Mccarthy tries to block the Czech offence
Brno, Czech Republic, June 23, 2017 – Led by Fynnian Lionel Mccarthy
with six of the team’s 14 kill blocks, Canada
persevered through a five-set drama to win against the Czech Republic
on the first competition day of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship. In front of a noisy full-hearted crowd on the stands at the DRFG Arena in Brno, the North Americans snatched a 3-2 (25-22, 13-25, 23-25, 25-18, 15-12) victory to spoil the home party.
The first set was very competitive. Despite seven points from Donovan Dzavoronok, Canada’s good blocking brought them to a 25-22 win. With sub-in opposite Matej Smidl now on fire and the Czech blockers also starting to bring points, the home side was in complete control during the second set to tie the match after 25-13. Late effort in set 3 helped Canada narrow Czechia’s wide lead down to only a point before finally losing by 23-25. However, the momentum helped the North Americans regain control in the fourth set. Adding some good serving to their mix, they took a 25-18 win to prompt a tie-breaker and went on to dominate in the fifth set as well. The 15-12 final score was fixed with a powerful spike by Sani Taryq