Canadians Gord Perrin and Dan Lewis star in Champions League tournament

 IZMIR, Turkey – Gord Perrin of Creston, B.C., scored 17 points Wednesday to help Arkas to a 25-13, 25-19, 16-25, 25-23 victory over Dupnitsa, Bulgaria in first round action in the men’s volleyball League of Champions tournament.

Perrin, who earned 14 points on the attack and three on blocks, is one of three Canadians on the Izmir team.  The squad is guided by Canada’s national team coach Glenn Hoag of Gatineau, Que., and another national team player Justin Duff of Winnipeg is also with Izmir.

Meanwhile in Ljubliana, Slovenia,  host ACH Volley lost 19-25, 25-22, 25-23, 19-25, 17-15 to the Generali Unterhaching squad from Germany.  ACH libero Dan Lewis of Oakville, Ont., was named the match’s top receiver with a 65 percent efficiency rating.

Women’s Champions League

Canadian national women’s team member, Tasha Holness of Calgary played in all four sets and scored five points as Tomis team from Constanta, Romania defeated Robur  Tiboni in Urbino, Italy 26-24, 25-17, 20-25, 25-19. 

Holness earned four of her points on blocks.

Beach volleyball World Tour

At the final stop on the beach volleyball World Tour circuit, Victoria Altomare and Sophie Bukovec of Toronto lost 19-21, 21-14, 15-10 to Vide Solvoll and Cindy Treland of Norway in qualifying on Wednesday. 

Jamie Broder of Victoria and Kristina Valjas of Toronto have a bye to the main draw which starts Thursday.  They are seeded 12th and open against number-21  Jantine van der Vlist and Merel Mooren of the Netherlands.

It is Broder and Valjas’ seventh appearance on the circuit this season.  Their best result was a 17th place finish at the previous stop in Finland last month.

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