Canada looks to get back on winning track in World League volleyballSAO BERNARDO CAMPO, Brazil (June 7, 2012) – Canada looks to end a four-match losing streak in the FIVB World League men’s volleyball tournament as third round action gets underway this weekend for teams in Pool B.
In first round action in Toronto last month, the Canadians upset Brazil en route to winning two of their three matches. But last week in Poland, Canada lost its three matches including a five-set heartbreaker to Finland.
Poland, ranked fourth in the world, leads the group with five wins and a loss for 14 points; after a rough start world number-one Brazil is second at 3-3 and 12 points while Canada follows at 2-4 for six points and Finland is fourth, also 2-4, for four points. Teams get an additional point for losses in five sets.
The top team in each group, host Bulgaria and the top second place team advance to the World League final round next month in Sofia.
Canada opens third round play Friday against Poland, then face Brazil on Saturday and Finland on Sunday. The Saturday match against Brazil will be broadcast on CBC-TV at 2 p.m. All matches are streamed on-line at http://www.sportlemon.tv/.
Players to watch for Canada include Gavin Schmitt of Saskatoon who is currently second in tournament scoring with 113 points, Gord Perrin of Creston, B.C., fourth at 88 while Fred Winters of Victoria is 10th at 60. Josh Howatson of Victoria is ninth in setting and Dan Lewis of Oakville is ranked 10th in digging.
Setter Dustin Schneider of Brandon, Man., aggravated a knee injury last weekend and will be replaced by Olivier Faucher of Quebec City.
Pool B is the only group in action this weekend. The three other groups resume their World League play next weekend.
Canadian team roster for Group B second round in World League men’s volleyball June 8-10 in
Sao Bernardo Campo, Brazil:
Players: Dan Lewis, Oakville, Ont.; Gord Perrin, Creston, B.C.; Steve Brinkman, Oakville, Ont.; Fred Wnters, Victoria; Gavin Schmitt, Saskatoon; Dallas Soonias, Red Deer, Alta.; Josh Howatson, Victoria; Olivier Faucher, Quebec City; Nicholas Cundy, Edmonton; Toon Van Lankvelt, Rivers, Man.,; Justin Duff, Winnipeg; Adam Kaminski, Chatham, Ont.; Adam Simac, Ottawa; Alexandre Gaumont-Casias, Marieville, Que.
Head coach: Glenn Hoag, Gatineau, Que.
Assistant coach: Vincent Pichette, Gatineau, Que.