OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport, in conjunction with Volleyball Canada, announced on Wednesday the student-athletes and staff members who will represent Canada in men’s volleyball at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea (July 3-14).
The roster is comprised of 12 of the 14 players named last month to the Canadian junior team following a selection camp at the National Training Centre in Gatineau, Que. Of the group, 11 played at the CIS level this past season, while the other starred in the CEGEP league and is considered one of the top prospects in the country.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for our junior athletes to experience a multi-sports game event. I’m sure it will be a fantastic experience from many perspectives, and the volleyball competition will certainly be of a high level,” said Canadian head coach John Barrett from the University of Toronto.
While it will mark his first experience as a coach at the world university games, Barrett competed at the biennial event as a player in 1983 in Edmonton and in 1985 in Kobe, Japan.
At the 28th Summer Universiade, he will be accompanied on the sidelines by Vincenzo Mallia, an assistant coach with the U of T’s women’s program. Team leader Joanie Beauregard-Veillette and therapist Luc Campbell, both from Volleyball Canada, round out the support staff.
All players on the red and white roster will make their Universiade debut in Gwangju. They hope to extend the nation’s success streak in men’s volleyball as Canada has reached the quarter-final round at each of the past four Universiades, including a fifth-place finish in 2013 in Kazan, Russia. Over the years, the Canucks have claimed two FISU medals in the sport, taking second place on home soil in 1983 and in Bangkok in 2007.
The University of British Columbia will be the top represented school in South Korea with three players, including setter Byron Keturakis and outside hitter Irvan Brar, both from Surrey, B.C., as well as middle Joel Regehr of Courtenay, B.C.
For their part, the reigning CIS champions and CIS bronze medallists are both represented by a pair of standouts, including left side Ryan Nickifor of Sherwood Park, Alta., and middleArran Chambers of Edmonton from the Alberta Golden Bears, and outside hitters Brandon Koppers of Georgetown, Ont., and Andrew Richards of London, Ont., from the McMaster Marauders.
Rounding out the lineup are outside hitters Lucas Coleman (Brooklin, Ont.) from Ryerson,Blake Scheerhorn (Belleville, Ont.) from Trinity Western, Arthur Szwarc (Toronto) from York and Keith West (Lethbridge, Alta.) from Calgary, as well as setter Gabriel Chancy(Montreal) from CEGEP Saint-Jérôme, who will make his university debut this fall with the Montreal Carabins.
In Gwangju, Canada will compete in Pool B in the preliminary round against Iran (July 2), Thailand (July 3), Russia (July 6) and Switzerland (July 7). The powerful Russians are reigning three-time Universiade champions.
The gold-medal final of the 22-team competition is scheduled for July 12.
TEAM CANADA ROSTER
Pos. Name HT School Hometown
S Gabriel Chancy 6-2 CEGEP Saint-Jérôme Montreal, Que.
S Byron Keturakis 6-7 UBC Surrey, B.C.
OH Irvan Brar 6-2 UBC Surrey, B.C.
OH Lucas Coleman 6-4 Ryerson Brooklin, Ont.
OH Brandon Koppers 6-7 McMaster Georgetown, Ont.
LS Ryan Nickifor 6-7 Alberta Sherwood Park, Alta.
OH Andrew Richards 6-3 McMaster London, Ont.
OH Blake Scheerhorn 6-8 Trinity Western Belleville, Ont.
OH Arthur Szwarc 6-10 York Toronto, Ont.
OH Keith West 6-4 Calgary Lethbridge, Alta.
M Arran Chambers 6-8 Alberta Edmonton, Alta.
M Joel Regehr 6-7 UBC Courtenay, B.C.
Position Name Affiliation Hometown
Head Coach John Barrett University of Toronto Toronto, Ont.
Assistant Coach Vincenzo Mallia University of Toronto Pachino, Italy
Team Leader Joanie Beauregard-Veillette Volleyball Canada Rouyn-Noranda, Que.
Therapist Luc Campbell Volleyball Canada Ottawa, Ont.
UNIVERSIADE POOLS & TEAM CANADA SCHEDULE (LOCAL TIME):
Pool A: South Korea, Czech Republic, Australia, USA, Argentina, Taiwan
Pool B: Russia, CANADA, Thailand, Switzerland, Iran
Pool C: Japan, Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong, Colombia, Venezuela
Pool D: Ukraine, Latvia, Mexico, China, United Arab Erimates
July 2 (18:00): Canada vs. Iran
July 3 (11:00): Canada vs. Thailand
July 6 (13:00): Canada vs. Russia
July 7 (15:00): Canada vs. Switzerland
July 9 (TBD): Quarter-finals
July 10 (18:00/20:00): Semi-finals
July 12 (14:00): Bronze
July 12 (20:00): Final
CANADA’S ALL-TIME UNIVERSIADE RESULTS IN MEN’S VOLLEYBALL:
2013 (Kazan, Russia): 5th / 20 teams (champions: Russia)
2011 (Shenzhen, China): 4th / 21 (champions: Russia)
2009 (Belgrade, Serbia): 6th / 22 (champions: Russia)
2007 (Bangkok, Thailand): 2nd / 23 (champions: Turkey)
2005 (Izmir, Turkey): 10th / 24 (champions: Turkey)
2003 (Daegu, South Korea): 7th / 23 (champions: South Korea)
2001 (Beijing, China): 14th / 27 (champions: USA)
1999 (Palma, Spain): 23rd / 24 (champions: Germany)
1997 (Sicily, Italy): 10th / 16 (champions: South Korea)
1995 (Fukuoka, Japan): 7th / 27 (champions: South Korea)
1993 (Buffalo, USA): 6th / 18 (champions: Japan)
1991 (Sheffield, England): 8th / 16 (champions: Poland)
1989 (Duisburg, Germany): No tournament –
1987 (Zagreb, Yugoslavia): 11th / 25 (champions: Yugoslavia)
1985 (Kobe, Japan): 5th / 17 (champions: Japan)
1983 (Edmonton, Canada): 2nd / 23 (champions: Cuba)
1981 (Bucharest, Romania): 6th / 28 (champions: Romania)
1979 (Mexico City, Mexico): 6th / 23 (champions: South Korea)
1977 (Sofia, Bulgaria): 13th / 23 (champions: Bulgaria)
1975 (Rome, Italy): No tournament –
1973 (Moscow, USSR): 15th / 23 (champions: USSR)
1970 (Turin, Italy): 6th / 19 (champions: Italy)
1967 (Tokyo, Japan): 6th / 7 (champions: Japan)
1965 (Budapest, Hungary): Canada DNP (champions: USSR)
1963 (Porto Alegre, Brazil): Canada DNP (champions: USSR)
1961 (Sofia, Bulgaria): Canada DNP (champions: Romania)
1959 (Turin, Italy): Canada DNP (champions: Czechoslovakia)
DNP: Did not participate