RIMINI, Italy — The Canadian men's volleyball team lost 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-20) to the U.S. in its opening game at the 2021 Nations League.on Friday.
Stephen Timothy Maar led 11th-ranked Canada with eight points, while Gordin Perrin had six against the third-ranked Americans.
Canada faces No. 6 Argentina on Saturday before meeting No. 1 Brazil on Sunday.
The annual international men's and women's competition featuring the world's top 16 teams in each gender was cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Canadian men's and women's squads will each play a 15-match preliminary round until June 23.
The top four countries advance to the semifinals and finals.
The Canadian men have qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics starting July 23.
The Canadian women's team is 0-3 at Nations League and next faces Turkey on Monday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 28, 2021.
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