Canada places 10th at Continental Cup sitting volleyball tournament

KETTERING, England – Canada came up just short of completing a great comeback in its final match at the inaugural European Continental men’s sitting volleyball tournament and finished in 10th spot.

The Canadians fell to Kazakhstan 25-16, 25-23, 17-25, 17-25, 15-7. Gregory Stewart of Kamloops, B.C., was the top Canadian scorer with 21 points.

Canada, ranked 19th in the world, ends the tournament with an overall record of 1-7.

‘’Although the results are far from what we wanted it has been a very valuable learning experience,’’ said Kerry MacDonald, Volleyball Canada’s disabled programs coordinator.  ‘’It is important for us to compete against the top teams in the world and take as much information as we can from the way that they play".

The Canadian team members are: Jason Naval of Toronto, Douglas Learoyd and Mikael Bartholdy of Calgary, Austin Hinchey and Chad Drummond of Edmonton, Larry Matthews and David Marchand of St. Albert, Alta., Eric Dechaine of St. Lina, Alta., Jose Rebelo of St-Hubert, Que., and Gregory Stewart of Kamloops, Alta.

The staff members are: Ian Halliday, head coach; Raymond Sewell, assistant coach; Kerry MacDonald, head of delegation and Hilary Beck, athletic therapist – all from Calgary,

The European Continental Cup was the biggest and most important event in the sport before the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

It was also Canada’s last major competition prior to the ParaPan Am Games  in Mexico in November which is the Olympic qualifying event.

Tournament website: http://www.volleyballengland.org/ECVD-Continental-Cup-2011/fixtures-and-results.php