Canada ends tour with victory

 MONTPELLIER, France (March 30, 2013) – Canada’s fulltime  training centre (FTC) men’s volleyball team ended a successful two week tour in France with a five set victory over French Pro A League Narbonnes on Saturday.

The Canadians took the match in comeback style: 19-25, 19-25, 25-14, 25-19, 15-10.

Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., led Canada’s attack with 17 points, Louis-Pierre Mainville of Notre-Dame de l’Ile-Perrot, Que., added 16 while Rudy Verhoeff of Calgary scored 14. 

Graham Vigrass of Calgary, playing for the first time in six weeks due to injury, had a strong match with 12 points.

“We had a tough start to the match but the guys got back to the basics of our system and held the rhythm until the end,” said FTC head coach Vincent Pichette. “We are particularly proud of how the players fought back after being down two sets.”

The Canadians return to their training base in Gatineau on Sunday and resume training on April 8 for the May national team selection camp.

“This was a very enriching experience and we thank the teams for their warm hospitality,” said Pichette. “They allowed us to face them in matches at an important point in their seasons.  We also thank the staff at the National Training Centre in Montpellier for this tour.”

Team Canada arrived here March 17 for a two-week mix of training and matches. 

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