OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport, in conjunction with Volleyball Canada, announced Thursday the student-athletes and staff members who will represent the country in men’s volleyball at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.
A total of 49 players from all over country battled for a spot on the 12-men roster over the past two months, starting with the first selection camp at the national training centre in Gatineau, Que., in early May.
In the end, the all-CIS lineup has a distinctive Western flavour with 10 members from the Canada West regional association, including four from perennial powerhouse Trinity Western University.
The TWU foursome includes left side hitters Marc Howatson of Victoria and Steven Marshall of Abbotsford, B.C., as well as middles Lucas Van Berkel of Edmonton and Daniel Jansen Van Doorn of Langley, B.C.
Rounding out the contingent are setters Jay Blankenau of Calgary and TJ Sanders of London, Ont., left sides Chris Hoag and Nicholas Hoag, both of Sherbrooke, Que., Colton de Man of Calgary and Chris Voth of Winnipeg, middle Braden McLean of Birch Hills, Sask., and libero Derek Nieroda of Headingley, Man.
Chris Hoag, who played his four-year CIS career at the University of Calgary, and younger brother Nicholas, who studies at Sherbrooke College, are the sons of former international standout and current Canadian senior national team head coach Glenn Hoag.
Three players return from the 2011 Universiade squad that competed in Shenzhen, China, including Howatson, Blankenau and Voth.
The trio also has international experience from the world junior championships, along with Van Berkel, McLean, Nicholas Hoag and Sanders, while Marshall has competed at the under-19 and under-21 Worlds in beach volleyball.
Howatson, Blankenau, Sanders and the Hoag brothers trained full-time at the Gatineau national centre this year.
Larry McKay, who has been at the helm of the University of Winnipeg program for 24 years, returns as Team Canada head coach for the second straight FISU Games.
McKay’s staff is comprised of assistant coaches Steve Leknois and Tilen Kozamernik, as well as therapist Caroline Pelletier.
Leknois, who heads the Royal Military College program, also assisted McKay in Shenzhen two years ago. Kozamernik, who hails from Slovenia and is the former head coach of his country’s women’s national team, works alongside Glenn Hoag with Turkish national league champion Arkas.
Canada is coming off three straight outstanding performances at the Universiade men’s volleyball tournament. After claiming a silver medal in 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand, the Canucks finished sixth in 2009 in Belgrade, Serbia, and barely missed the podium in 2011 in China, taking fourth place.
Prior to 2007, the Red and White’s only trip to the FISU podium was another second-place finish back in 1983 in Edmonton.
In the preliminary round of the 23-team Kazan competition, the Canadian men will battle in Pool D against the United Arab Emirates (July 6), Mexico (July 7), Chile (July 8) and the Czech Republic (July 11).
Two years ago, the Czechs took seventh place with a 6-2 overall record, Mexico (2-6) was 16th and the UAE (0-6) ended up in 21st and last position. Chile did not compete in Shenzhen.
Reigning two-time Universiade champion Russia is in Pool A with South Korea, the United States, Hong Kong, Estonia and Belarus.
Defending silver medallist Ukraine plays in Pool B against Thailand, Japan, Oman, Algeria and Latvia, while 2011 bronze medallist Brazil competes in Pool C versus Switzerland, Australia, China, Poland and Macedonia.
The 2013 final is set for July 16.
TEAM CANADA ROSTER
Pos. - Name - HT - University - Hometown
Libero Derek Nieroda 6-1 Manitoba Headingley, Man.
Left Side Nicholas Hoag 6-6 Sherbrooke (cegep) Sherbrooke, Que.
Left Side Marc Howatson 6-7 Trinity Western Victoria, B.C.
Middle Braden McLean 6-9 Saskatchewan Birch Hills, Sask.
Middle Daniel Jansen Van Doorn 6-8 Trinity Western Langley, B.C.
Left Side Colton de Man 6-5 Mount Royal Calgary, Alta.
Setter Jay Blankenau 6-4 Calgary Calgary, Alta.
Left Side Steven Marshall 6-2 Trinity Western Abbotsford, B.C.
Middle Lucas Van Berkel 6-9 Trinity Western Edmonton, Alta.
Setter TJ Sanders 6-3 McMaster London, Ont.
Left Side Chris Voth 6-5 Manitoba Winnipeg, Man.
Left Side Chris Hoag 6-4 Calgary Sherbrooke, Que.
Position - Name - University
Head Coach Larry McKay Winnipeg
Assistant Coach Steve Leknois Royal Military College
Assistant Coach Tilen Kozamernik Arkas (Turkish Pro League)
Therapist Caroline Pelletier -
2013 UNIVERSIADE POOLS & SCHEDULE:
Pool A: Russia, South Korea, USA, Hong Kong, Estonia,
Pool B: Ukraine, Thailand, Japan, Oman, Algeria, Latvia
Pool C: Brazil, Switzerland, Australia, China, Poland, Macedonia
Pool D: CANADA, Czech Republic, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Chile
July 6: Canada vs. United Arab Emirates
July 7: Canada vs. Mexico
July 8: Canada vs. Chile
July 11: Canada vs. Czech Republic
July 13: Quarter-finals
July 14: Semifinals
July 16: Final
CANADA’S ALL-TIME UNIVERSIADE RESULTS IN MEN’S VOLLEYBALL:
2011 Shenzhen, China: 4th / 21 teams (champions: Russia)
2009 Belgrade, Serbia: 6th / 22 (champions: Russia)
2007 Bangkok, Thailand: 2nd / 23 (champions: Turkey)
2005 Izmir, Turkey: 10th / 24 (champions: Turkey)
2003 Daegu, South Korea: 7th / 23 (champions: South Korea)
2001 Beijing, China: 14th / 27 (champions: USA)
1999 Palma, Spain: 23rd / 24 (champions: Germany)
1997 Sicily, Italy: 10th / 16 (champions: South Korea)
1995 Fukuoka, Japan: 7th / 27 (champions: South Korea)
1993 Buffalo, USA: 6th / 18 (champions: Japan)
1991 Sheffield, England : 8th / 16 (champions: Poland)
1989 Duisburg, Germany: No tournament -
1987 Zagreb, Yugoslavia: 11th / 25 (champions: Yugoslavia)
1985 Kobe, Japan: 5th / 17 (champions: Japan)
1983 Edmonton, Canada: 2nd / 23 (champions: Cuba)
1981 Bucharest, Romania: 6th / 28 (champions: Romania)
1979 Mexico City, Mexico: 6th / 23 (champions: South Korea)
1977 Sofia, Bulgaria: 13th / 23 (champions: Bulgaria)
1975 Rome, Italy: No tournament -
1973 Moscow, USSR: 15th / 23 (champions: USSR)
1970 Turin, Italy: 6th / 19 (champions: Italy)
1967 Tokyo, Japan: 6th / 7 (champions: Japan)
1965 Budapest, Hungary: Canada DNP (champions: USSR)
1963 Porto Alegre, Brazil: Canada DNP (champions: USSR)
1961 Sofia, Bulgaria: Canada DNP (champions: Romania)
1959 Turin, Italy: Canada DNP (champions: Czechoslovakia)
DNP: Did not participate
About the Summer Universiade
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