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Volleyball Canada – An enthusiastic crowd of 1,435 welcomed Canada home to the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon to open up its FIVB World League Volleyball 2016 weekend.  Canada won 3-0 (25 – 20, 25 – 21, 25 – 20)

Canada opened set one showing the defence and offense that earned them their Rio 2016 berth. Canada led at the technical time outs, 8-6 and 16-13 as they won the first set in convincing fashion, 25-20.

“I think the guys stayed focused.  Gord (Perrin) and Nick (Hoag) hadn’t been playing with the group (in World League) for a bit and we tried Nick as an opposite,” said head coach Glenn Hoag. “Against Korea you have to be super patient and our guys showed a lot of patience.  Our offense wasn’t perfect, but we did really well as a group. We’re pretty solid as far as I’m concerned right now.”

The second set started with Korea matching Canada, point for point. Canada led by the slim margin of 8-7 at the first technical time out. Strong blocking and attacking performances by Nicholas Hoag, Gordon Perrin and Steven Marshall allowed Canada to open up their lead as the set progressed. In the end, a service long gave Canada the second set, 25-21.

The middle was the story for much of set three. Justin Duff and Adam Simac found court up the middle which allowed Canada to open up the outside for John Gordon Perrin and Steven Marshall. After trading points and runs with Korea up until 13-13, Canada began to open up a lead and never looked back. Nicholas Hoag sealed the set and the match with a convincing kill from the back row, as Canada cruised to a 25-20 set victory and win.

Perrin and Hoag led Canada’s scoring with 11 points each.

Tomorrow Canada plays China live on CBC’s Road to the Olympics. Check your local listings. 

Tickets for all matches held at the SaskTel are available through  For those who have tickets, be sure to download the VOGO app for an enhanced fan experience!

June 24, 2016
5.35pm – China vs. Portugal 3-1
8:05pm – Canada vs. Korea 3-0

June 25, 2016
1:30pm – Canada vs. China*
4:00pm – Korea vs. Portugal

June 26, 2016
3:35pm – Korea vs. China
6:05pm – Canada vs. Portugal

*Revised time due to broadcast schedule. This match will be live on CBC, all other matches on online.
Canadian Roster for Saskatoon:
#1  TJ Sanders, London, ON
#2  Gordon Perrin, Creston, BC
#3  Dan Lewis, Oakville, ON
#4  Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke, QC|
#5  Rudy Verhoeff, Calgary, AB
#6  Justin Duff, Winnipeg, MB
#8  Adam Simac, Ottawa, ON
#10 Toon Van Lankvelt, Rivers, MB
#11 Daniel Jansen Van Doorn, Langley, BC
#12 Gavin Schmitt, Saskatoon, SK 
#15 Fred Winters, Victoria, BC
#19 Blair Bann, Edmonton, AB
#21 Jay Blankenau, Sherwood Park, AB
#22 Steven Marshall, Abbotsford, BC
Julien Boucher – Team Manager
Glenn Hoag – Head Coach
Larry McKay – Asst. Coach 
Vincent Pichette – Asst. Coach 
Murat Haktanir – Statistician 
Jean-Sebastien Hartell – Therapist 

Volleyball Canada media contact:
Jackie Skender
Phone: 613.794.7676