June 18th, 2024

Canada defeats host Turkey 3-1 at men’s Volleyball Nations League

By The Canadian Press on May 21, 2024.

Canada's Stephen Timothy Maar, left, hits the ball during their game against Italy at the Men's Volleyball Nations League leg in Manila, Philippines on Thursday July 6, 2023. Maar had a match-high 24 points as Canada opened play at the men's Volleyball Nations League with a 3-1 win over host Turkey on Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Aaron Favila

ANTALYA, Türkiye – Stephen Maar had a match-high 24 points as Canada opened play at the men’s Volleyball Nations League with a 3-1 win over host Turkey on Tuesday.

Fynn McCarthy added 14 points for Canada, which dropped the first set 25-17 before winning the next three 25-23, 25-21 and 25-21.

Efe Mandiraci led Turkey with 21 points.

Canada next faces Poland on Thursday.

The Canadian men are ranked 12th in the world.

They have already qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics after finishing second behind Poland in their pool at the 2023 volleyball Olympic qualifying tournament.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 21, 2024.

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