Louis Daignault (ISN)
August 31, 2013, HOCE, Slovenia (ISN) – Canada concluded a four-country international men’s volleyball tournament on Saturday in third place losing to host Slovenia 18-25, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20. Canada opened the competition defeating Denmark on Thursday and losing to Bulgaria on Friday.
Slovenia went undefeated to clinch the tournament. Bulgaria (2-1) was second, Canada third and Denmark (0-3) fourth.
Dallas Soonias of Red Deer, Alta., led the Canadian attack with 20 points, Toon Van Lankvelt of River, Man., added 12 and Fred Winters of Victoria nine.
“We started off really well and were much more focused that last night,” said Canada’s head coach Glenn Hoag. ”Then, the wheels fell off in the next two games and we never recovered. A performance like tonight shows us that we still have a lot of work to do.”
Canada leaves Sunday for France for matches against the French national team September 4 in St-Nazaire and September 6 in Nantes.
Canada, ranked 11th in the world, is currently in Europe tuning up for the North and Central America and Caribbean (NORCECA) Continental Championships from September 23 to 28 in Langley, B.C.
Canada to play for 11th at U21 World Championships
At the FIVB U21 World Championships in men’s volleyball Russia and Brazil will meet in Sunday’s championship match.
The Russians defeated France in four sets while Brazil also needed four sets to beat Italy in the other semifinal.
Meanwhile Canada lost a five-set thriller to Japan 18-25, 25-20, 25-17, 26-28, 17-15 in the consolation playoff round. Canada will face the U.S. for 11th place on Sunday while Japan moves to the ninth place match against Serbia.
On Saturday, Ryley Barnes of St.Paul, Alta., was the top Canadian scorer with 15 points while Bradley Gunter of Courtenay, B.C., and Stephen Maar of Aurora, Ont., added 11 each and John Goranson of Red Deer, 10.
Team Canada roster for the European Tour August 23- September 7, 2013
Players: Dustin Schneider, Brandon, Man.; Josh Howatson, Victoria BC; T.J. Sanders, London, Ont.; Gavin Schmitt, Saskatoon,SK; Dallas Soonias, Red Deer, Alta.; Blair Bann, Edmonton AB; Dan Lewis, Oakville, Ont.; Fred Winters, Victoria BC; Toon Van Lankvelt, River, Man.; Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke, Que.; Steve Gotch, Okotoks, Alta.; Jason Derocco, East St. Paul, Man.; Rudy Verhoeff, Calgary, AB; Justin Duff, Winnipeg, MB; Adam Simac, Ottawa, Ont,; Graham Vigrass, Calgary AB.
Head coach: Glenn Hoag, Sherbrooke, Que.
Assistant coach: Vincent Pichette, Gatineau, Que.
Team manager: Julien Boucher, Quebec City
Physio therapist : Kristian Séguin, Gatineau, Que.
Statistician : Murat Haktanir, Izmir, Turkey.
Canadian team for the FIVB Men’s U21 Word Championships August 22 to September 1 in Ankara and Izmir, Turkey:
Players: Gabriel Chancy, Montreal; Jarrid Ireland, Winnipeg; John Goranson, Red Deer, Alta.; Brad Gunter, Courtenay, B.C.; Jeremy Davies, Calgary; Stephen Maar, Aurora, Ont.; Danny Demyanenko, Toronto; Bruno Lortie, Ottawa; Ryley Barnes, St.Paul, Alta.; Milan Nikic, Calgary; Alex Russell, Surrey, B.C.; Jayson McCarthy, Oshawa, Ont.
Head coach: Dave Preston
Assistant coaches: Nathan Janzen; Brad Poplawski
Team manager: Georges Laplante
Physiotherapist: Luc Campbell