Canada vs Laval Feb. 9 8 p.m. Gatineau

 Four Ottawa area players on squads

GATINEAU, Que. – Canada’s Full-time Training Centre (FTC) men’s national volleyball team will face CIS powerhouse the Université Laval Rouge et Or in an exhibition match this Saturday February 9 at 8 p.m. at the Centre Sportif in Gatineau, Que. (850 Boul de la Gappe).

Admission to the match is free and doors will open at 7 p.m.

The 13-member FTC squad will include Jonathan Sloane of Winchester, Ont., brothers Christopher Hoag and Nicholas Hoag of Sherbrooke, Que., the sons of Canada’s national team coach Glenn Hoag, as well as national team veterans Louis-Pierre Mainville of Notre-Dame-de-l’Ile-Perrot, Que., and Dustin Schneider of Brandon, Man., both returning from injury were on the Canadian roster of the 2012 World League this past summer.

Three Ottawa-area players with Laval

Université Laval is currently ranked third in Canada with a perfect 14-0 record. The team includes brothers Jérémie Lortie and Bruno Lortie of Orléans, Ont., as well as Vincent Thibault-Bernier of Gatineau, Que.

In addition, Rouge et Or players Tommy Bélisle of Pierreville, Que., and Pierre-Alexis Lapointe of La Malbaie Que., have been part of Volleyball Canada’s National B Team program in the past.

The FTC faced Laval this past November in Québec City with the national team posting a win in four sets (25-21,23-25,25-18,25-18).

The purpose of FTC is to enhance the long-term objective of identifying, selecting and developing a group of athletes with the ability or potential for qualifying for the 2014 FIVB Championship, the 2016 and the 2020 Olympics, as well as performing well in the 2013-2016 quadrennial.

The Full-time Training Centre focuses on graduated CIS/CCAA athletes to prepare them for international level of training and eventually competition.

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