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Canada strive for first win in Tokyo

 
Tokyo, Japan, May 30, 2016 - Australia managed to take their first victory at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament on the second competition day in Japan, but Canada are still winless and will sure do their best to change that as they face the Volleyroos in Tuesday's opening match.

Head-to-head
• Australia and Canada previously met at the World Olympic Qualification tournament in 2004. Australia won in straight sets. 
• Their last meeting came at the 2015 World Cup, when Canada won after a thrilling five-setter. Australia won two sets with 34-32 and 29-27 and even the decisive fifth needed more points than usual (20-18).
• In 2014, these teams met four times at the World League, with Australia winning three (3-2, 3-2, 3-1) and Canada one (3-1).

Australia
• Australia followed up a 3-0 defeat against Iran in their opening match with a 3-1 win over Venezuela on day two.
• Australia have won both their previous two matches against a NORCECA country at the World Olympic Qualification tournament: 3-0 against Puerto Rico in 2012 and 3-0 against Canada in 2004.
• Australia's last 3-0 victory at the World Olympic Qualification tournament came on 10 June 2012, when Australia beat China in straight sets to secure a ticket to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
• Australia have conceded a tournament-low 149 points at the 2016  edition. Japan are next with 161 points.
• Thomas Edgar scored a match-high 22 points in Australia's 3-1 win over Venezuela on Sunday (19 spikes).

Canada
• Canada are still waiting for their first win after two five-set defeats against Poland and Iran.
• Canada could lose their first three matches at the World Olympic Qualification tournament for the first time in the last 20 years. In both 1996 and 2000, Canada claimed their first win in match three.
• No team has scored more points in their opening two matches at the 2016 World Olympic Qualification tournament than Canada (207). Poland follow with 206 points.
• With 27 points, Gavin Schmitt topped all scorers in Canada's 3-2 defeat against Iran, while Nick Hoag and Justin Duff both contributed 14 points.
• No player has scored more points at the 2016 World Olympic Qualification tournament than Schmitt (44). France's Antonin Rouzier is next with 41 points.

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