Canadian-flavoured Izmir eliminated in Champions League

 IZMIR, Turkey (February 12, 2013) – Canadian national team players Gord Perrin of Creston, B.C., and Justin Duff of Winnipeg scored 13 and 10 points apiece in a losing cause for Izmir, Turkey in a decisive men’s Champions League semifinal match.

Izmir lost to Kedzierzyn-Kozle, Poland 25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 25-19 before 5,300 disappointed fans.  The Polish squad wins the series 2-0 and advances to the Champions League Final Four tournament for the first time in 10 years.  Izmir falls short in a bid for a second straight championship appearance.

“Our opponent played really well tonight, especially from the serving line,” said Izmir’s head coach Glenn Hoag of Gatineau, Que., also head coach of Canada’s national team. “We had some problems in reception while their block-defense system was almost impeccable. They did not allow us to play our game. They deserved to win tonight.”

Adam Simac of Ottawa was the other Canadian player on the Izmir squad.  He played two sets and earned a point on the attack.

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