FIVB Men’s Volleyball World League 2017 set to begin this weekend!

Canada readies for its World League Group 1 debut

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The Canadian men’s volleyball team is gearing up for a challenging FIVB World League season. It is the team’s first time in Group 1 of this prestigious international tournament.

“It is an important step for Canada and we look forward to testing our players against the best teams in the world,” said Canada’s head coach, Stephane Antiga. “The next three weekends will give us some crucial information as we begin the drive toward qualifying for Tokyo 2020.”

Last year, Canada won Group 2 after a dominant run ending with Canada defeating Portugal in the final. The team then capped off the season with a fifth-place at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

This year’s travelling roster features six 2016 Olympians, and several new additions to the senior A squad. The team will face such powerful volleyball nations as the U.S., Poland, Italy, Brazil and France, among others.

FIVB Men's Volleyball World League 2017

Matches will be online at www.cbcsports.ca

Athletes (travelling roster):

TJ Sanders – Setter (London, ON)
Brett Walsh – Setter (Calgary, AB)
Blair Bann – Libero (Edmonton, AB)
Steve Marshall – Libero (Abbotsford, BC)
Graham Vigrass – Middle (Calgary, AB)
Lucas Van Berkel – Middle (Edmonton, AB)
Arthur Szwarc – Middle (Toronto, ON)
Daniel Jansen VanDoorn – Middle (Langley, BC)
Jason DeRocco – Left Side (Winnipeg, MB)
Gord Perrin – Left Side (Creston, BC)
Stephen Maar – Left Side (Aurora, ON)
Ryley Barnes – Left Side (Edmonton, AB)
Sharone Vernon-Evans – Opposite (Scarborough, ON)
Brad Gunter – Opposite (Courtenay, BC)

Staff
Stephane Antiga, head coach
Daniel Lewis, assistant coach
Georges Laplante, assistant coach
Lionel Bonnaure, statistician
Jean-Sebastien Hartell, therapist
Julien Boucher, team manager

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