Louis Daignault (ISN)
May 13, 2013, Ottawa, ON (ISN) – Ottawa international volleyball star Adam Simac is excited to show friends and family what he actually does for a living this Wednesday and Thursday (May 15-16) at the Centre sportif in Gatineau: play a world –class level of international volleyball.
The 6’7” middle will be in Canada’s line-up for World League tune-up matches against Turkey at the squad’s national training centre, in Gatineau. Both matches start at 7 p.m. The third match in the series is May 18 at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., at 4 p.m.
”It’s always great to play close to home,” said Simac, 29, a graduate of Sir Wilfrid Laurier high school in Orleans and Queen’s University. ”I finally get a chance to show my friends and family what it is I do. They might watch it on TV or online but they rarely get to see it live. It’s going to be special.”
This past winter, Simac enjoyed enormous success with Arkas Izmir, a team in the top professional league in Turkey. The squad also included Team Canada members Gord Perrin of Creston, B.C., and Justin Duff of Winnipeg, MB. It was coached by Team Canada head coach Glenn Hoag of Gatineau. Izmir won the league title just a couple of weeks ago and also played in the Champions League tournament this past winter. The Champions League determines the top pro team in Europe.
”It was amazing playing for Glenn and to see Gord and Justin do so well,” said Simac, who has also played pro in Slovenia, Germany and Austria. ”The club and the country were great. A highlight for me besides winning the title was beating the great Polish team Skra in the Champions League. I’d faced them four or five times in my career and never beaten them.”
Izmir will receive more maple leaf help as scoring ace Gavin Schmitt of Saskatoon has signed with the team for the 2013-14 season.
Simac is happy to have an opportunity to host Turkish players for a week.
”Five of the guys on the Turkish squad were with Izmir so that adds a little motivation to beat them,” said Simac, a national team member since 2009. ”But it’s nice to host them after having to depend on them for a lot of things. I’m looking forward to showing them the national capital region.”
This spring and summer the main focus for Simac and Team Canada is the FIVB World League tournament which starts May 31 in Quebec City against the Netherlands. The Canadians returned to World League play last season for the first time in five years and automatically qualified for 2013 finishing 12th overall.
”There won’t be many unknowns this season,” he said. ”Last year we faced a lot of adversity but also had the joy of winning some big matches. It’ll be down to business for us and it’ll be an honour to again wear the Team Canada jersey.”
Tickets for the Canada vs. Turkey series can be purchased at www.VolleyballCanada.EventBrite.ca.
For World League ticket info visit: http://www.volleyball.ca/content/world-league-2013