May 6, 2014, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – A pair of former Trinity Western men’s volleyball student-athletes was named to Canada’s 22-man roster for the FIVB Volleyball World League 2014 as both middle Rudy Verhoeff (Calgary) and outside hitter Steven Marshall (Abbotsford, B.C.) made the team.
This is Verhoeff’s second opportunity to play with Canada’s senior national side in the World League after making his debut last year. Verhoeff, who graduated from TWU in 2012, recently completed his first season playing professionally in France’s top division with Chaumont Volley-Ball 52 Haute-Marne.
For Marshall, whose last season with the Spartans was in 2012-13, this will be his first time with Canada’s senior national side. Marshall spent this past year at Canada’s full-time training centre at the Centre Sportif de Gatineau.
Canada is the top-ranked team (11) in Pool C – facing Belgium (37), Australia (14) and Finland (30). The schedule for the FIVB Volleyball World League 2014 matches played in Canada will be in Calgary May 31 and June 1 versus Finland; Vancouver June 13 and 14 vs. Belgium; and Edmonton June 20 and 21.
The 25th edition of the FIVB World League sees the competition increase from 18 to 28 teams split into seven pools of four teams each. It is the first time the FIVB’s premiere event will feature such a large number of teams having had 16 teams from 2001-2003 and 2006-2012. The World League featured eight teams in its inaugural year in 1990, 10 in 1991, 12 from 1992-2000 and 2004-05 and then 18 in the 2013 edition.
World League is also an important tournament in the preparation of the men’s team for the FIVB Men’s World Championship in Poland next September. Canada’s qualification tournament takes place May 16 to 19 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.
Tickets for all Canadian matches (World League and World Champ Qualifier) are available at Ticketmaster, and both home and away games will be shown on Sportsnet ONE.
Canada’s Roster (with hometowns):
Sanders, Tyler (London, ON)
Perrin, John Gordon (Creston, BC)
Lewis, Daniel (Oakville, ON)
DeRocco, Jason (East St. Paul, MB)
Verhoeff, Rudy (Calgary, AB)
Duff, Justin (Winnipeg, MB)
Soonias, Dallas (Red Deer, AB)
Simac, Adam (Ottawa, ON)
Schneider, Dustin (Winnipeg, MB)
Van Lankvelt, Toontje (Brandon, MB)
Brinkman, Steve (Bowmanville, ON)
Schmitt, Gavin (Saskatoon, SK)
Hoag, Christopher (Sherbrooke, QC)
Kaminski, Adam (Chatham, ON)
Winters, Frederic (Victoria, BC)
Gotch, Steve (Okotoks, AB)
Vigrass, Graham (Calgary, AB)
Hoag, Nicholas (Sherbrooke, QC)
Bann, Blair (Edmonton, AB)
McGovern, Ciaran (Grande Prairie, AB)
Blankenau, Jay (Sherwood Park, AB)
Marshall, Steven (Abbotsford, BC)