Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Loses to Host Serbia 3-1 for First World League Loss of Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Loses to Host Serbia 3-1 for First World League Loss of Season

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Canada suffers its first World League loss

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NOVI SAD, Serbia - Canada's men's team fell to hosts and 2016 champions Serbia 3-1 on Sunday in World League play.

The Canadians ended the opening weekend of the 2017 World League with two wins and one loss after losing to the Serbians 23-25, 21-25, 25-20, 20-25.

"I am satisfied with our overall performance in this tournament," said Canada's coach Stephane Antiga. "Serbia played much better than yesterday (against Belgium), so we had a really difficult job. In the end, we have grown as a team and I expect us to be much better in the future matches."

In a tight four-set match, Canada had its bright spots -- including a decisive third-set win -- but couldn't contain Serbian star spikers Aleksandar Atanasijevic and Marko Ivovic. …

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