Canadian make their mark in volleyball Champions League

IZMIR, Turkey (February 8) - Canadian national team coach Glenn Hoag of Gatineau, Que., is headed to the final six in the Champions League men’s volleyball tournament after Turkey’s Arkas Sport Izmir defeated Kedzierzyn-Kozle of Poland in straight sets on Wednesday.

The Champions League is a three month tournament which determines the top professional volleyball club in Europe.

Hoag’s squad won both matches in the round of 12 playoff series including Wednesday’s match 25-23, 25-16, 25-18. Justin Duff of Winnipeg (in photo) made an appearance in all three sets and contributed four points and did not make any errors on his 12 serves. Both Duff and Gord Perrin of Creston, B.C., are Canadian national team members.

It is the first time a pro club from Turkey advances to the final six. The squad’s performance is hardly surprising. In Turkish pro league play it stands second in the overall standings with a 12-2 record and roared to a 5-1 mark in the Champions League round robin play as well.

The news was equally good for Steve Brinkman of Bowmanville, Ont. The 200+ match national team veteran scored nine points to help Trentino, Italy defeat Noliko Maaseik from Belgium 25-20, 17-25, 25-17, 25-21 to complete its series sweep and advance to the round of six.

And finally Thomas Jarmoc of Edmonton contributed six points as Friedrichshafen of Germany edged Tours from France 25-20, 20-25, 15-25, 27-25, 16-14 to put his team in the final six.

The first of the two match series in the round of six goes in two weeks.

For more information on the CEV Volleyball Champions League visit:

Men: http://www.cev.lu/Competition-Area/competition.aspx?ID=548&PID=1117

Women: http://www.cev.lu/Competition-Area/competition.aspx?ID=551&PID=1126