It had been 24 years since Canada had competed in Men's Indoor Volleyball at the Olympics, but they certainly showed they belong among the game's elite on Sunday when they stunned the USA 25-23, 25-17, 25-23.
The fifth ranked Americans had a difficult time containing spikers Nick Hoag and Gavin Schmitt as the duo hit spike after spike to help Canada get the victory.
Hoag, who recently competed at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, hit thundering spikes asserting his role as one of Canada's top playmakers.
Schmitt, a veteran who competed at the 2005 Canada Games in Regina, helped set the momentum from the start with his spectacular play.
"We're not intimidated by anybody," Schmitt said. "We're going to go at everybody. We're here to compete."
Canada will now face top ranked Brazil on Tuesday at 9:35 p.m. EST.