Canadians Receive Honours at NORCECA ChampionshipsVolleyball Canada is proud to recognize the recent awards its national team players received at the men’s and women’s NORCECA Championship events.
At the 2013 NORCECA Women’s Championship, Janie Guimond of Becancour, QC, was awarded “Best Libero” and selected to the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship All-Star Team.
Janie, who has played 75 international matches, was first selected to Canada’s senior team in 2008, and has played professionally in Romania, Germany and now in France for Terville Florange O.C. She was CIS libero of the year during her final year of play at the University of Montreal.
"I've worked so hard to be the number one libero on the team. This award is more than I ever expected,” said Guimond. “I feel proud, and lucky to be surrounded by awesome teammates and a perfect family who have supported me all the way through and believed in me. I am lucky to play the sport I love and to represent my country."
Canada finished fourth overall at the 2013 Visit Omaha NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship. Kelly Murphy of the United States was selected the most valuable player and best spiker as she helped the United States to the tournament title.
The U.S. also won the men’s event in Langley, B.C., this past week, with Canada finishing in the silver medal position, after the gold-medal match on Aug. 28 at the Langley Events Centre. Matt Anderson of the United States was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship.
Canada’s Rudy Verhoeff was chosen as Best Blocker, while Blair Bann was named the Best Receiver.
"I'm extremely happy and honoured to have received the top receiver award,” Bann said. “As a libero, reception is one of my primary focuses and the award shows I played consistent during the tournament.” Bann is from Edmonton, and played at UBC, where he was twice named top CIS libero.
The NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean) Confederation also awarded the All Star Team of the tournament, based on player’s positions - Rudy Verhoeff was considered as the ideal Middle Blocker along with Bahamas’ Byron Ferguson.
“I am honoured to receive these awards, but obviously they are more of a reflection of team than about myself,” said Verhoeff. “It is my teammates and our system that allows me to perform at a high level in order to receive these awards. I am thankful for the opportunity to play in front of a Canadian fan base, and I am grateful to everyone who came to support us especially my friends and family. It was one of the best volleyball experiences I have had so far.”
Verhoeff is originally from Calgary, but played at Trinity Western University in Langley, where he still has many fans who supported him during the tournament this past week.
Photo by Derek Stevens. Left to right: President, Control Committee Marta Centeno of Guatemala, Verhoeff, and Hugh Wong (representing Volleyball Canada).