Katowice, Poland, September 14, 2014- Canada will play a crucial match on Sunday against Germany in what is called a decider for the third spot in Pool F to qualify for the third round at the 2014 FIVB Men's World Championship in Poland.
Germany has an edge over Canada, leading in the standings by two points, which means the European side need only two sets to qualify. Brazil and Russia are the only undefeated teams at these World Championships and on full points and are already in Round III.
Canada still have great chance to qualify for the first time to the top 6 in the opinion of team's star Gavin Schmitt who played his utmost against Brazil and scored 18 points, but they lost in straight sets.
"We can do it and qualify for the next round. Today's game against Germany will be better for us," Schmitt said.
"In World League this summer we did good job of bouncing back after losing. Russia's win against Germany gave us another breath to go. We know it will be a difficult task; they are still two points ahead of us, but we’ll come and try to do our best and win the game.”
"We had a chance to win against Brazil, but unfortunately we lost," Gavin Schmitt explains.
“Brazil is a great team, as everybody knows. We made some stupid mistakes, we played with them pretty well, took points, but we didn’t win the critical situations. We lost some easy balls, and gave them opportunity to take the victory from us. They did exactly what we expected, we know what Brazil is gonna do, but they just do it so exceptionally and it's hard to stop. They are very good players,"
Katowice is Canada's third city to visit in the 2014 World Championship. "I love this venue. We were here in 2012 for the World League, it’s great. Good atmosphere, it’s very exciting with the fans, I really like playing here," He concluded.