Canadian men’s volleyball team heads to Slovenia for exhibition matches

GATINEAU, Que. – The Canadian men’s national volleyball team players currently at the full time training centre leave Friday for Maribor, Slovenia where they will play a series of exhibition matches against professional teams from that country.

The Canadian team includes Justin Duff of Winnipeg, Gord Perrin of Creston, B.C.,  and Olivier Faucher of Quebec City which were on the squad that placed 19th at the world championships in September.

“The goal of this trip is to give our players some competitive opportunities and also expose them to European play so that they can hopefully land a pro contract in the New Year,” said Vincent Pichette, Team Canada’s assistant coach who’ll assume head coaching responsibilities on the trip.

Canada is fielding a nine-member squad for the Tour. The other players are Jason DeRocco and Andrew Town of Winnipeg, John Galloway of Victoria, B.C., Mathieu McLaughlin of Tilley Road, N.B., Nathan Groenveld of Hamilton and Benoit Raymond of Ottawa.

The Canadians have matches scheduled for December 7,8, 9, 11, 13 and 15th before heading back home on the 16th for the Christmas break. They will be based in Maribor at a new national training facility.