Canada men's national volleyball team

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Canada
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Association Volleyball Canada
Confederation NORCECA
Head coach Stephane Antiga
FIVB ranking 6 (as of August 2017)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Third
Summer Olympics
Appearances 4 (First in 1976)
Best result 4th (1984)
World Championship
Appearances 10 (First in 1974)
Best result 7th (2014)
World Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1977)
Best result 7th (2003, 2015)
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The Canada men's national volleyball team represents Canada in international volleyball competitions. The team placed third in the Pan American Games in 1979, 1999, and 2015. Canada’s other achievements include a fourth place at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games and two bronze medals at the Pan American Games in 1979 and 1999. They have participated in four Olympic Games, including most recently a fifth-place finish at Rio 2016, after returning to the Games following a quartercentury absence. Canada hosted the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto where they beat Puerto Rico for the bronze medal. Canada competed at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup in 2015 for the first time in 12 years, finishing seventh. They last appeared in 2003, also finishing seventh. They finished joint-seventh at the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

In 1953, the Canadian Volleyball Association (CVA) was formed, joining FIVB the same year. That year, the first national volleyball championship was held as well. Canada’s first appearance at a major international competition was at the 1959 Pan American Games, held in Chicago.[1] Canada finished 6th in the tournament, after finishing 3rd in their group and failing to advance to the final group.[2] In 1968, Canada joined NORCECA, two years after it was formed. They competed in their first NORCECA championship in 1969, finishing 4th.

1970s[edit]

In 1973, at their second NORCECA championship, Canada won the bronze medal. A year later, they competed at their first FIVB World Championships, in Mexico. Canada finished last in their group in the first round, losing all three matches in straight sets. In the classification round, they finished 3rd, finishing below both Tunisia and the United States. In the final classification round, Canada finished 2nd in the group, placing them 20th overall in the tournament.[3]

Canada qualified for their first ever Olympic tournament in 1976 as hosts. They finished bottom of their group in the group stage, losing in straight sets in every match, and ending up in 9th place overall.[4] The next year, Canada appointed Ken Maeda as the head coach, and in the team's first competition under him they won bronze at the 1977 NORCECA Championship. In 1978, Canada finished 20th out of 24 teams at the World Championships. At the 1979 Pan American games, Canada won bronze, winning five matches while losing two in the tournament.

1980s[edit]

At the 1981 NORCECA championship, Canada finished 3rd, beating Mexico in the bronze medal match. The next year, Canada competed in their 3rd FIVB World Championship, held in Argentina. They finished top of their group in the first round, ahead of East Germany and Italy on their set ratio. In the second groups round, Canada finished 5th in their group, knocking them out of medal contention and ranking them 11th place in the tournament. The following year at the 1983 NORCECA Championships, they won the silver medal, finishing below the United States.

In 1984, Canada competed at the Olympic Games for the second time in their history. They finished top of their group ahead of Italy and Japan on their set ratio in the group stage, advancing them to their first Olympic semi final appearance. They met the United States in the semis, losing in straight sets, sending them to the bronze medal match where they lost to Italy again. Their 4th place finish at the tournament stands as their highest ever Olympic finish.

Canada finished 3rd at the NORCECA Championship in 1985 and 1987, and finished 2nd at the 1989 NORCECA Championship, while failing to qualify for the 1986 FIVB World Championships.

1990s[edit]

Canada competed at the 1990 FIVB World Championships in Brazil, finishing 3rd in their group in the group stage. In the round of 16, Canada lost to France in four sets, sending them to the classification bracket, where they lost in five sets to both Czechoslovakia and Japan. Canada finished the tournament in 12th place. The next year, Canada competed in the FIVB World League for the first time. They finished bottom of their group with 18 points over 16 games, and finished the tournament in last place. That same year, Canada hosted the NORCECA Championship for the first time, with the tournament taking place in Regina. Canada finished 3rd in the tournament, and qualified for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. At the Olympics, they finished 5th in their group, failing to make it to the quarterfinals and finishing the tournament in last place.

In 1993, Canada finished in 3rd place at the NORCECA Championship, beating Puerto Rico in the bronze medal match. At the 1994 FIVB World Championships, Canada lost out in the round of 16 after finishing 3rd in their group, finishing the tournament tied for 9th place. At both the 1995 and 1997 NORCECA Championships, Canada finished with bronze, beating Puerto Rico and Mexico in both respective bronze medal matches. At the 1998 FIVB World Championship, Canada began the tournament finishing 3rd in their group in the first round. In the second groups round, Canada finished 5th in their group, failing to make it to the semi finals. Canada finished the tournament in 12th place, losing to Ukraine and Argentina in the classification matches.

Canada returned to World League in 1999 for the first time since 1992, finishing in 8th place. At the NORCECA Championship, Canada finished with bronze, beating Mexico in the bronze medal match in five sets. Canada also won bronze in the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, beating Argentina in their final match.

2000s[edit]

In the 2000 World League season, Canada finished in 11th place. The next year, at the 2001 NORCECA Championship, they finished with bronze, beating Dominicana in their final match. At the 2002 FIVB World Championship, Canada finished 3rd in the first group stage, but did not advance to the second groups round. They finished 17th overall in the tournament. In 2003, Canada finished with a silver medal at the NORCECA Championship, losing to the United States in the final, and in 2005 they finished with a bronze medal in the same tournament. In 2006, Canada competed in the FIVB World Championship held in Japan. They began the tournament finishing 3rd in their group, advancing past the preliminaries to the main round. There, they placed 6th in their group, knocking them out of medal contention. In the classification matches, Canada lost to the United States in 5 sets, but beat Puerto Rico in 4 sets to place 11th overall in the competition. The following year, Canada placed 13th in World League, after finishing bottom of their group with two wins in 12 matches. In the 2007 and 2009 editions of the NORCECA Championship, Canada were held off of the podium for the first time since 1975, finishing in 4th place both years.

2010–2016[edit]

At the 2010 FIVB World Championship, Canada finished tied for 19th, losing out in the first group round. The following year Canada competed in World League again, placing 12th overall. The same year, Canada won bronze at the NORCECA Championship, beating Puerto Rico in the deciding match. Canada finished 5th overall in the 2013 World League season, and later that year Canada finished with silver in the NORCECA Championship, losing to the United States in the final.

In 2014, Canada competed in the FIVB World Championship in Poland. Canada opened the tournament with a loss in straight sets to Russia before beating Bulgaria in five sets. Canada then went on to beat the remaining teams in the group all in straight sets to claim the second ranked spot in the group, advancing to the second round. Canada started the second round off well, beating Cuba in 5 sets before defeating Finland in three straight. However, following two straight set losses to Brazil and Germany, Canada finished fourth in the group and did not advance to the third round. Canada’s finished the world championship in 7th place, a record for the national team.

In 2015, Canada hosted the Pan American Games. At the tournament, Canada finished top of their group, advancing to the semifinals. There they faced Argentina, and lost in four sets, sending Canada to the bronze medal match to face Puerto Rico. They were successful and defeated them in four sets, winning Canada’s 3rd Pan-American bronze medal.

In the 2016 World League season, Canada finished top of Group 2, advancing to the Final Round. In the Final Round, they beat Turkey in the semifinals in three sets, and defeated Portugal in the final in three straight. This win qualified Canada for Group 1 in the 2017 World League for the first time. Following the successful World League campaign, Canada competed in the Olympic Qualifiers. Canada began the tournament with two five set losses to Poland and Iran, before beating Australia in five sets. Canada then went on to beat Venezuela before falling to France in straight sets. They then closed out the tournament with back to back wins over Japan and China, in four and five sets respectively. This was good enough for a 4th place finish in the tournament, qualifying Canada for their first Olympics in 24 years.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Canada started out strongly, beating USA in three straight sets. However, they failed to defeat the host Brazil, falling to them in four sets, while following that match up with a straight set loss to France in their 3rd group match. In their 4th match, Canada defeated Mexico in four sets, setting up a must-win final group stage match against Italy. Canada beat Italy in four sets, led by Gavin Schmitt’s match-high 23 points. This result place Canada 2nd in their group, and set up a quarterfinal matchup against Russia. However, they were unable to advance past the Russians, losing in three straight sets. Canada finished the tournament in 5th place, their highest Olympic finish since 1984.

2017–present[edit]

Following Glenn Hoag’s retirement as head coach, Stephane Antiga was hired as Hoag’s successor.[5] At the 2017 World League, Canada played with a much younger team than was on display at the Olympics the previous year. With the retirements of many leaders within the squad, Antiga looked to younger talent such as Ryley Barnes and Sharone Vernon-Evans to step up and contribute. Canada began their 2017 World League with a strong first week, beating both Belgium and the reigning Olympic Bronze medalists USA in five sets, while losing to Serbia. In week two, Canada won three points against Bulgaria, while losing their other two matches in four sets. In the final week, Canada beat Belgium and Italy, gaining 5 out of a possible 9 points for the week, which was enough for them to finish in 5th place and qualify for the final round.

Canada lost their first match of the final round to the host Brazilians, before defeating the Russians in straight sets, sending Canada to the semi-finals. There they met France, and lost in four sets. In the bronze medal match, Canada faced USA, and after losing the first set Canada went on to win three straight and claim their first ever World League medal. At the conclusion of the tournament, both Graham Vigrass and Blair Bann were selected as tournament all-stars.

Results[edit]

Canada team in 2012 World league

Olympic Games[edit]

World Championship[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Pan American Games[edit]

World League[edit]

¹ players during all matches of intercontinental round

Pan-American Cup[edit]

America's Cup[edit]

NORCECA Championship[edit]

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following squad has been selected for the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League.[6]

No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2016–17 club
1 Sanders, TJTJ Sanders 14 December 1991 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 326 cm (128 in) 308 cm (121 in) Poland Trefl Gdansk
2 Perrin, John GordonJohn Gordon Perrin (C) 17 August 1989 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 353 cm (139 in) 329 cm (130 in) Poland Asseco Resovia Rzeszów
3 Marshall, StevenSteven Marshall 23 November 1989 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 322 cm (127 in) Germany Berlin Volleys
4 Hoag, NicholasNicholas Hoag 19 August 1992 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 342 cm (135 in) 322 cm (127 in) Italy Diatec Trentino
5 Verhoeff, RudyRudy Verhoeff 24 June 1989 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 349 cm (137 in) 317 cm (125 in) Germany Powervolleys Düren
6 Duff, JustinJustin Duff 10 May 1988 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 370 cm (150 in) 335 cm (132 in) Greece Olympiacos Piraeus
7 Maar, Stephen TimothyStephen Timothy Maar 6 December 1994 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 328 cm (129 in) Italy Calzedonia Verona
8 Blankenau, JayJay Blankenau 27 September 1989 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 334 cm (131 in) 307 cm (121 in) Belgium Noliko Maaseik
9 DeRocco, JasonJason DeRocco 19 September 1989 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 342 cm (135 in) 318 cm (125 in) Poland Jastrzębski Węgiel
10 Vernon-Evans, SharoneSharone Vernon-Evans 28 August 1998 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 374 cm (147 in) 347 cm (137 in) Poland Onico Warsaw
11 Jansen Van Doorn, DanielDaniel Jansen Van Doorn 21 March 1990 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 351 cm (138 in) 328 cm (129 in) France Tours VB
12 Van Berkel, LucasLucas Van Berkel 29 November 1991 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 326 cm (128 in) Switzerland TV Amriswil Volleyball
13 Barnes, RyleyRyley Barnes 11 October 1993 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 348 cm (137 in) 325 cm (128 in) France Tours VB
17 Vigrass, GrahamGraham Vigrass 17 June 1989 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 354 cm (139 in) 330 cm (130 in) Germany Berlin Volleys
18 Gunter, BradleyBradley Gunter 5 December 1993 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 354 cm (139 in) 323 cm (127 in) Estonia SC Duo
19 Bann, BlairBlair Bann (L) 26 February 1988 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 314 cm (124 in) 295 cm (116 in) Germany Powervolleys Düren
20 Szwarc, ArthurArthur Szwarc 30 March 1995 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 356 cm (140 in) 335 cm (132 in) Canada Full Time Training Centre
21 Walsh, Brett JamesBrett James Walsh 19 February 1994 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 332 cm (131 in) 313 cm (123 in) Canada University of Alberta

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up to the team within the last 12 months.[7]

No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2015-16 club
3 Lewis, DanielDaniel Lewis (R) 3 April 1976 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 340 cm (130 in) 325 cm (128 in) Poland BBTS Bielsko-Biała
7 Soonias, DallasDallas Soonias 25 April 1984 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 356 cm (140 in) 323 cm (127 in) Italy Pallavolo Impavida Ortona
8 Simac, AdamAdam Simac (R) 9 August 1983 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 348 cm (137 in) 336 cm (132 in) Unattached
10 van Lankvelt, ToontjeToontje van Lankvelt (R) 1 July 1984 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 347 cm (137 in) 317 cm (125 in) Poland Jastrzębski Węgiel
12 Schmitt, GavinGavin Schmitt (R) 27 January 1986 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 106 kg (234 lb) 372 cm (146 in) 340 cm (130 in) Brazil Funvic Taubaté
14 Burt, MaxMax Burt 25 July 1988 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 327 cm (129 in) France Nantes Rezé Métropole Volley
15 Winters, FredFred Winters (R) 25 September 1982 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 359 cm (141 in) 327 cm (129 in) Brazil Sada Cruzeiro

Coaching Staff[edit]

Name Nation Position
Stephane Antiga  France Head coach
Dan Lewis  Canada Assistant coach
Georges Laplante  Canada Assistant coach
Lionel Bonnaure  Canada Statistician
Jean-Sebastien Hartell  Canada Athletic Therapist
Mathieu Séguin  Canada Medical Team Coordinator
Kyle Paquette  Canada Mental Performance Coach
Julien Boucher  Canada General manager

Coach History[edit]

Name Nation From To
Bill Neville  USA 1972 1977
Ken Maeda  Japan 1977 1984
Brian Watson  Canada 1985 1992
Clement Lemieux  Canada 1992 1996
Garth Pischke  Canada 1996 2000
Stelio DeRocco  Canada 2001 2006
Glenn Hoag  Canada 2006 2016
Stephane Antiga  France 2017

Kit providers[edit]

The table below shows the history of kit providers for the Canada national volleyball team.

Period Kit provider
2000– Mizuno

Sponsorship[edit]

Primary sponsors include: main sponsors like Inter Pipeline other sponsors: Lululemon Athletica, Wilson Sporting Goods and UNIGLOBE Travel International.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indoor Volleyball History". Volleyball.ca. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  2. ^ Krastev, Todor. "Men Volleyball Panamerican Games 1959 Chicago (USA) - 28.08-05.09 Winner United States". Todor66. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Krastev, Todor. "Men Volleyball VIII World Championship 1974 Mexico City (MEX) - 12-28.10 - Winner Poland". Todor66. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  4. ^ Krastev, Todor. "Men Volleyball XXI Olympic Games Montreal (CAN) 1976 - 18-30.07 Winner Poland". Todor66. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  5. ^ The Canadian Press. "Antiga named coach of Canadian men's volleyball team". CBC. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "Team Roster - Canada". World League 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Team Canada Volleyball - Men". worldleague.2016.fivb.com. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 

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