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The Canadian national team defeated Brazil on Friday at the Men's Volleyball Nations League in Manila, Philippines. It was an impressive victory for Canada, which won in straight sets, 26-24, 25-19 and 26-24. Brazil is a three-time world champion (2002, 2006 and 2010), champion of the 2021 Volleyball Nations League and a three-time Olympic champion. Brazil won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, ​​​​2004 in Athens and 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

Three Canadian players scored in double figures in Canada's win. It was a standout game for outside hitter Eric Loeppky of Steinbach, Manitoba. Loeppky had 21 points (16 attack points, three aces and two block points). Outside hitter Stephen Maar of Aurora, Ontario had 12 points (12 attack points) and his opponent Arthur Szwarc of Toronto, Ontario had 11 points (11 attack points). Middle blocker Danny Demyanenko of Toronto, Ontario and Loeppky each had two block points and Loeppky led Canada with three aces.

This was the 29th time Canada has faced Brazil internationally since 2003 and the fifth Canadian victory. Canada's other victories included a 25-23, 20-25, 25-20, 24-26, 15-10 victory in Toronto as part of the 2012 Volleyball World League, a 25-22, 34-32, 25-23 victory in Varna, Bulgaria as part of the 2018 Volleyball Nations League, a 22-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-20, 15-7 victory in Gatineau, Quebec as part of the 2022 Pan American Cup and a 26-24, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22 victory in the final of the 2023 Pan American Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico.

With the victory over Brazil on Friday, Canada has qualified for the quarter-finals of the Nations League. The record stands at seven wins and four losses, and the team is in fourth place in the preliminary round.

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