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Updated: July 19, 2013 10:37 PM | By The Canadian Press, cbc.ca

Canada falls to Brazil in men's World League volleyball



Canada's men's volleyball team were eliminated from contention at the FIVB World League Final tournament Friday after a three-set sweep against world number-one Brazil.

Fred Winters of Victoria led the Canadian attack with 12 points while Gavin Schmitt of Saskatoon and Gord Perrin of Creston, B.C., added 10 apiece in the 25-18, 30-28, 25-20 loss.

The match completed Canada's first appearance in the 24-year history of the World League Final, and came one day after Canada stunned Olympic champion Russia.

"We showed we can play on the big stage in the world and have the ability to beat great teams in the future," said Schmitt.

Brazil (1-1) placed first in Group D with four points, Russia (1-1) was second with three and Canada (1-1) followed at two. The top-two in each of the two groups advanced to the semis.

"We overcame a lot of pressure to win our group and make it to the final," said Schmitt. "We won seven games in a row and the last one against Russia, which is great, really big for us."

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