Six Canadian players headed to playoff round in European Volleyball Champions League

OTTAWA – Canadian national team head coach Glenn Hoag of Gatineau, Que., and players Justin Duff of Winnipeg and John Gordon Perrin of Creston, B.C., have led Arkas Azmir to top spot in pool A in the 2012 CEV Volleyball Champions League.

The Champions League is a three month tournament which determines the top professional volleyball club in Europe.

The Turkish pro squad defeated CKSA Sofia from Bulgaria in its final round robin match 25-17, 25-23, 25-19 and advanced to the round of 12 for an encounter against Zaksa Kedzierzyn of Poland. Perrin was the top scorer in the match with 16 points while Jason Haldane, a former Canadian national team player from Terrace, B.C., replied with 12 for Sofia.

Hoag, in his second season at the helm of the Azmir, led his troops to a 5-1 mark in the round robin.

Meanwhile Steve Brinkman of Bowmanville, Ont., who surpassed the 200-match plateau with the Canadian national team last summer, is also headed to the Champions League playoffs with Trentiono Planet Win365 in Italy after an easy win over Cai Teruel from Spain. Brinkman contributed five points in the victory.

Thomas Jarmoc of Edmonton, a member of Friedrichshafen Volleyball Club in Germany, scored five points to help his squad qualify a spot in the round of 12.

Adam Simac of Ottawa and Dan Lewis of Oakville, Ont., members of ACH Volley in Slovenia just fell short of advancing finishing third in their pool.

In the women’s Champions League, Canadian national team star Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., continues to shine with her pro club Villa Cortes and is headed to the round of 16. Pavan is currently seventh in league scoring and also ranks seventh in spiking.

The playoff rounds start on January 27.

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