Christian Niturada

The Netherlands went on full attack mode to dispatch Canada in four sets, 25-22, 25-22, 17-25, 25-18, and capture its fifth win in Week 3 of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Manila leg at the Mall of Asia Arena, Wednesday.

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The world-ranked No. 10 Netherlands unleashed 62 successful attacks over Canada, 22 of which coming from captain Abdel-Aziz Nimir, to improve its tournament standing at 5-4.

The Dutch also capitalized an error-laden Canadian side as the latter gave 29 errors over the former’s 17.

Jorna Gijs and Van Garderen Maarten added boost to the Netherlands' offense as they notched 12 and 11 points, respectively.

"We know it’s really close in the battle for seventh/eighth place. We needed this win in hopes to still qualify for the finals,” Nimir said, who scored 24 points and two aces in the win.

Meanwhile, facing a two-set disadvantage, the 13th-seeded Canada returned to their senses and finally took the lead in the third set, 18-9, only to fall out of steam in the next frame.

Sclater Ryan Joseph produced 20 points while Hoag Nicholas added 11 points, as Canada dropped its seventh match and fell to a 2-7 win-loss card.

Edited by Diana Mae Salonoy