Canadians Perrin and Simac shine in losing cause for IzmirOTTAWA (November 21, 2012)– Gord Perrin of Creston, B.C., earned 14 points and Adam Simac of Ottawa added five points on blocks but it wasn’t enough as Arkas Izmir lost in five sets (21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 26-28, 15-13) to Lotto Dome Maaseik in the Champions League men’s volleyball tournament.
Maaseik, which is based in Belgium, remains undefeated in tournament play with a perfect 4-0 record. Izmir, based in Turkey, is now 2-2 with both losses to the Belgian squad.
“Today we played much better than we did last week although not consistent enough,” said Izmir’s coach Glenn Hoag, also the head coach of Canada’s men’s national team. “Our passing was not good and we still had too many ups and downs.”
Meanwhile Dan Lewis of Oakville, Ont., who plays the Libero position, helped ACH Bled from Slovenia defeat Euphony Asse-Lennik of Belgium 25-14, 25-19, 25-17. Bled evens its record at 2-2 after opening the tournament with two straight losses.
In the women’s Champions League, Tasha Holness of Calgary continued to be one of Tomis Constanta’s best players earning nine points and two blocks. However the Romanian squad lost 26-24, 25-19, 25-17 to Dinamo Kazan from Russia and is now 2-2.
There are 28 clubs in the men’s tournament splits into seven pools of four. Each squad faces a club opponent twice (home and away) in round robin action. Twelve clubs will advance to the playoffs which start in January.
It is a similar structure for the women with 24 clubs split into six divisions.
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