Canadians lead Slovenian volleyball squad to historic win in Champions League
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia – Head coach Glenn Hoag of Gatineau, Que., and player Dan Lewis of Oakville, Ont., helped Slovenia’s ACH Volley BLED to an historic victory in Champions League volleyball playoff action.
The Champions League tournament determines to the top professional volleyball team in Europe.
Volley BLED defeated Hypo Tiro from Innsbruck, Austria 25-20, 19-25, 25-20, 25-19, then won the golden set tiebreaker 15-10 to advance to the final four for the first time in its history before a sell-out hometown crowd of 4,200.
“Our team deserved the win,” said Hoag. “The prize for all the hard work will be the feeling of being present at the final four, of achieving the impossible. It is an amazing feeling to play here".
Lewis, a 33-year-old Canadian national team veteran, played the libero position and made 25 receptions. The libero is essentially the captain of team defence, and is responsible for organizing the other players on the court in serve-reception and during regular play.
This was the second part of a home and home series between Bled and Innsbruck. The Austrians took the first match last week in four sets thus necessitating a golden set to determine which team advanced to the final four April 10-11 in Poland.
Also advancing to the final four were Moscow Dynamo and Italy’s Trentino. Belchatow, Poland is the other entry as host.