Canada Becomes First Team to Clinch Spot in 2017 World League Semis

  0 Braden Keith | July 05th, 2017 | Brazilian Volleyball, Canadian Volleyball, FIVB World League, International Volleyball, News, NORCECA volleyball, South American Volleyball


In a result that nobody would have predicted, the men from Canada have become the first country to assure themselves of a spot in the semi-finals of the 2017 FIVB World League.

Canada swept Russia 3-0 on Thursday (full recap to come), and with that earned a win and 3 points.While they’re still technically behind Brazil based on the 3rd tie-breaker (sets ratio), they’re still going to be locked in because if Brazil wins on Thursday, then Russia will be 0-2 and eliminated.

That makes Thursday’s game between Brazil and Russia effectively a play-in game:

  • If Russia wins 3-0, Canada advances on having a better set ratio than Brazil.
  • If Brazil wins at least 1 set on Thursday, they clinch a spot in the semi-final.
  • If Brazil wins at least 2 sets on Thursday, they win the group and get a top seed for the semi-finals.

By advancing, Canada has already assured themselves of their highest-ever finish in the World League. Their previous best was a 5th place finish in Mar del Plata in 2013. That year, they went 1-1 in the Final 6 pool play rounds, but lost on tie breakers. Ironically, that pool was the same 3 teams: Brazil, Russia, and Canada.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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