Canada battles powerhouse Sète

MONTPELLIER, France (March 29, 2013)– Canada’s Fulltime Centre Team (FTC) men’s volleyball team lost all four sets to French Pro A League powerhouse Sète on Friday as it continued its series of exhibition matches in France.

Sète which completed the regular season in second spot and is now preparing for the playoffs won 25-16, 25-20, 25-19, 28-26.

Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., led Canada with 12 points, Marc Howatson of Victoria added 11 and Rudy Verhoeff of Calgary nine.

‘’Sète kept us unbalanced with their defensive play,’’ said Canada’s FTC head coach Vincent Pichette.  ‘’Still it was another valuable experience which will only make us better.’’

Canada plays its final match of the two week tour on Saturday against Narbonne.

Team Canada arrived here March 17 for a two-week mix of training and matches.  They return to their home base in Gatineau on March 31.

Canada’s Fulltime Training Centre team on European Tour in Montpellier, France

Players: Louis-Pierre Mainville, Notre-Dame-de-l’Ile-Perrot, Que., Devon Parkinson, Richmond, B.C.; Marc Howatson, Victoria; Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke, Que.; Rudy Verhoeff, Calgary; Graham Vigrass, Calgary; Christopher Hoag, Sherbrooke, Que..; Dustin Schneider, Brandon, Man.; Jay Blankeneau, Sherwood Park, Alta.; Jonathan Sloane, Winchester, Ont.; Allen Meek, Sherwood Park; T.J. Sanders, London, Ont.



Head coach: Vincent Pichette, Gatineau

Assistant coach: Denis Gaboury, Ottawa

Head of delegation: Julien Boucher, Quebec City

Physio: Luc Campbell, Gatineau

Strength and conditioning: Nicolas Roy, Sherbrooke