Aug. 22, 2014: The Canadian men’s volleyball team is in its final phase of preparation for the FIVB Men’s World Championship as the players and staff depart for Europe today for training and pre-Worlds warm-up matches.
“After a long summer of competing and training, we are looking forward to the challenge of the World Championship in Poland,” said head coach Glenn Hoag.
“Our athletes have a good mix of experience, and realize that this is a very important tournament for our team. We know that all the teams in our pool will be just as eager as we are to prove they belong among the best in the world.”
The Canadian men will train in Poland, site of this year’s event, on August 23 and 24, and then will play a friendly match against team Poland on August 25 at the Olympic Preparation Centre outside of Warsaw.
On August 26, the Canadian team will head to Finland and play two matches against that country’s national team in Kuortane on August 27 and 28. On August 29, Canada will travel to Gdansk to kick off its World Championship campaign.
The FIVB Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 will take place from August 30 to September 21 with matches being held across six cities: Katowice, Łódź, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Bydgoszcz and Kraków, while Warsaw will host the opening match in the 58,000 capacity National Stadium. The opener features the host country against Serbia on Aug. 30.
Canada, currently ranked 15th in the world, is in Pool C, with Russia, Bulgaria, Egypt, China and Mexico. Canada’s first game will be against world number-two ranked Russians on September 01, followed by Bulgaria (8) on Sept. 03, Egypt (17) on Sept. 05, Mexico (22) on Sept. 06 and China (19) on Sept. 07.
The world’s best 24 teams will be in Poland following a qualifying process, which started in 2012, involving a record number of 279 countries, and concluded in July 2014.
The countries competing in the FIVB Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 are split according to the following: South America (three), Asia (four), Europe (nine including hosts Poland), Africa (three) and NORCECA (five). Canada belongs to the NORCECA region.
Brazil won the last World Championships, held in 2010, and Canada finished ranked 19th overall.
Canada’s team participated in World League this year, not advancing to the finals after finishing second in its pool. However, Canada’s Gavin Schmitt was named Group 2 top scorer in the intercontinental round, with Dan Lewis receiving the best digger and receiver nods.
Team Canada – 2014 World Men’s World Championships
# Name, Hometown
1 TJ Sanders, London, ON
18 Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke, QC
3 Dan Lewis, Oakville, ON
7 Dallas Soonias, Red Deer, AB
6 Justin Duff, Winnipeg, MB
8 Adam Simac, Ottawa, ON
9 Dustin Schneider, Brandon, MB
10 Toontje Van Lankvelt, Rivers, MB
12 Gavin Schmitt, Saskatoon, SK
15 Fred Winters, Victoria, BC
17 Graham Vigrass, Calgary, AB
2 Gord Perrin, Creston, BC
5 Rudy Verhoeff, Calgary, AB
22 Steve Marshall, Abbotsford, BC
Glenn Hoag, head coach
Vincent Pichette, assistant coach
Lawrence McKay, assistant coach
Jean-Sebastien Hartell (therapist)
Elvan Murat Haktanir, statistician
Julien Boucher, team manager
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