Canadian men’s national junior volleyball team selection currently underway in Gatineau
GATINEAU – A total of 47 players are currently taking part in the men’s national junior volleyball team selection camp at the Centre Sportif in Gatineau, Que.
The players are battling for spots on the squad that will compete at the men’s world junior volleyball championships set for July 31 to August 10 in Brazil. Canada qualified for the world juniors last season by placing second at the NORCECA (North and Central America and Caribbean) championships which were held in Gatineau.
Twelve of the 14 athletes from last summer’s team along with numerous others who have been identified over the past year from the Canadian university or college seasons are at the open camp that runs until Saturday.
The selected team will then train for the duration of the summer and currently have plans for preparation matches in early June in Canada, as well as a trip to Slovenia in July where they plan to play against Slovenia and India. Finally, the team will travel to Argentina just prior to the World Championship for final tune-up matches before arriving in Brazil on July 30.
Canada is hoping for a lucky number seven as they have competed in six previous World Junior Men’s Championships, including a best result of 5th in 1999.
The head coach of the men’s national junior team is Georges Laplante of l’Université de Montréal. His assistants are Greg Barthel of the University of Regina and Brad Poplawski of the University of Alberta.
Here are the players at the camp sorted by province:
Alberta: Craig Schatz, Barrhead; Ian Cooper, Edmonton; Frank Jones, Calgary; Branden Schmidt, Winton; Daniel Durham, St. Albert; Jarron Mueller, Calgary; Tristan Aubry, Edmonton; Tucker Leinweber, Linden, Alta.; Lucas VanBerkel, Edmonton; Jay Olmstead, Edmonton.
B.C.: Alex Davis, White Rock; Brandan Yao, Burnaby; Ian Perry, Abbotsford; Colin Carson, Prince George; Casey Knight, Salt Springs Islands; Derek Thiessen, Coquitlam; Christopher Howe, Salt Springs Islands; Bradley Kufske, Abbotsford.
Manitoba: Brett Wiess, Winnipeg; Matthew Schriemer, Winnipeg.
Nova Scotia: Connor Maessen, Dartmouth.
Ontario: Justin Scapinello, London; Michael Denton, Scarborough; Tim Warnholtz, Guelph; Bryan Duquette, St. Thomas; James Philippe, Ottawa; Alex Khuskivadze, Richmond Hill; Jordan Dyck, St. Thomas; Jeremi Lortie, Ottawa; Jori Mantha, Ottawa; Nolan Molyneux, Toronto; TJ Sanders, London; Marc Wilson, Stratford; Daniel Boutwell, Kenora; Ryan Leknois, Kingston; Garrett May, Scarborough; Tyson Alexander, Barrie; Raymond Szeto, Sutton.
Quebec: Tommy Bélisle, Quebec City; Marc-André Morency, Varennes; Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke; Joel Beauregard, Sherbrooke; Daniel Moreau, Sherbrooke; William Marier, Sherbrooke.
Saskatchewan: Braden McLean, Birch Hills; Paul Thomson, Assiniboia; Bryan Fraser, Saskatoon.
Head coach: Georges Laplante, Montreal
Assistant coaches: Greg Barthel, Regina and Brad Poplawski, Edmonton.
Men’s national team coordinator – Coordonateur des équipes nationales masculines