Canada halted a three-match losing streak at the men's volleyball World Cup with a 25-18, 25-22, 25-23 win over Venezuela on Monday in Tokyo.
The victory raised Canada's record to 3-6, keeping the team in eighth place with two games remaining in the round robin.
Two berths in next summer's Rio Olympics are at stake in the 12-team tournament.
Gavin Schmitt, who has battled injury during the event, led the way for Canada with a match-high 16 points. Gordon Perrin added 11.
"It's the best [Schmitt] has been physically for a long time, so this was a positive for us," said Canadian coach Glenn Hoag, whose team was coming off consecutive losses to the reigning Olympic, world and Pan Am champions (Russia, Poland and Argentina, respectively) in Toyama last week before the tournament shifted venues for the conclusion of the round robin.
Canada plays Iran on Tuesday.
Poland overtakes U.S.
Poland rallied to beat the United States 17-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-15 on Monday in a battle of previously unbeaten teams.
Michal Kubiak scored a match-high 17 points as Poland improved to 9-0 and moved into first place in the standings with 26 points. The U.S., which dropped to 8-1 and is in second with 24 points, next faces defending champion Russia while Poland takes on host Japan
In other matches, third-place Italy beat Russia 25-15, 26-24, 25-18. Russia is in fourth place.
Egypt outlasted Tunisia 23-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-17, 15-11 while Australia overpowered Iran 27-25, 27-25, 25-22 and Argentina beat Japan 26-24, 25-22, 25-21