Canada falls to Montpellier in exhibition match

 MONTPELLIER, France (March 28, 2013)– Canada’s Fulltime Centre (FTC) team lost all four sets to Montpellier in an exhibition match against the Pro A French league team.  The scores were 25-21, 25-19, 25-23, 26-24.

Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., and Allan Meek of Sherwood Park, Alta., led Canada with 13 points while Marc Howatson of Victoria added 12.

“This is the kind of challenge we came here for,” said Canada’s FTC head coach Vincent Pichette.  “We will continue to make the necessary adjustments for our next two matches.”

Montpellier finished ninth in the French Pro A League standings this season missing the playoffs by one spot.  Canada plays number-two Sete on Friday.

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