Excellent start for Canada, Maple Volleys, at the World Championships. 3-0 with wins over Netherlands, Egypt and China. Big tests coming up next Monday and Tues vs Brazil and France.
Return of Gord Perrin and Sharone Vernon-Evans have been big factors for our fast start.
Surprising starters Steven Marshall (Libero) over Blair Bann and Jay Blankenau (setter) over TJ Sanders.
Can we advance to the semi-final round?
Maple Volleys back home this weekend to play Australia, Germany, USA. Surprise addition to the roster this weekend is Gavin Schmitt, who returns to the Maple Volleys after a 2 year hiatus due mainly to nursing injuries. Schmitt will shore up Canada at the Opposite position and brings one of the world's biggest jump serves to the table.
Who's going to the matches this weekend in Ottawa?
Tremendous weekend for the Maple Volleys (Men's National Team) - started off with a 3-1 win over powerhouse Italy, then 3-1 win over weekend hosts Argentina and capped off by a 3-1 win over Iran.
Maar leading the squad in the absence of Sharone Vernon-Evans and Gord Perrin. Also great to see Hoag come in late in the game vs Iran to stem the tide and help push Canada to the victory.
Next up, Maple Volleys host a group in Ottawa next weekend (June 8-10) - Australia, Germany, USA.
Hello and welcome to the new volleyball forum on Canada Is Playing
The goal of this site is to help Canadians support all national team sports in Canada. Supporting our national teams and athletes is fun. Sports outside of the mainstream drop off the radar quickly and it is very difficult for those national associations to get any kind of coverage at all.
I run The Voyageurs, the supporters group for all national soccer teams. One day at a Canada game at BMO Field I looked up and saw that Canada was playing Brazil in Volleyball at the Ricoh center. I walked around asking people about it and they all said the same thing. One, they had no idea such a thing was happening, and two, yes they love would go see that game. At that moment I realized how much many of the sports in Canada had in common. They all had trouble reaching people and a lack of participation and support had more to do with a lack of knowing than a lack of interest.
When promoting games, I always found myself saying Canada is playing ..... over and over. So that is the name I chose for the site.
We have lots of features we can turn on for the site, but for now we are going to keep it simple. Just a forum, calendar and store.
Please leave any ideas you have in the Feedback & Ideas forum. This community is for you, so let's build something new and valuable for sports in Canada.
Sunday at the Memphis open it was the 2nd and final round of qualifying matches. With 4 matches and 8 players fighting for 4 spots in the draw it was a great day of tennis on a rainy day in Memphis.
The day of action started off with a shock as Benjamin Becker pulled out of his match vs Tim Smyczek with a neck injury. Peter Polansky was the 2nd player qualified for the main draw as he cruised past Matthew Barton 6-2, 6-1. After the match the Canadian was happy with the result “ it feels good to qualify for the 1st time this year after qualifying last year in Indian Wells happy to be in the main draw playing on these courts looking forward to my next match’. In other action Matthew Ebden got past local boy Brian Baker 6-2,6-4 and Darian King went through after Tatsuma Ito retired in the second set. King was up 6-1, 3-0 when Ito pulled out of the match.
Main draw action begins on Monday with some great matches to get the tournament rolling as Kevin Anderson looks to start 2017 on a high as he faces Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia. Day 1 of main draw also features 3 Americans as Donald Young plays Adrian Mannarino of France and we have the all American battle between Reilly Opelka and Jared Donaldson. Stay tuned for more recaps and updates from the city of Rock and Roll.
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