Volleyball Source Magazine: Fall 2013

Volleyball Source Magazine: Fall 2013
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It was an action packed summer, highlight- ed by Canada and World University Games and Beach Nationals in Vancouver, where a pair of 16-year-olds surprised. You’ll meet the McNamara twins inside, as well as indoor star Tabi Love.

Love and company were in Omaha for the women’s NORCECA Championships. The men’s event took place right here in Langley, with Canada coming ever so close. We’ve got coverage of both.

We also recap the World League Finals in Argentina, the Maccabiah Games in Israel and the U21 World Championships in Turkey. Yeah, we get around!

We take you to Camp Madawaska, too, where contributor Everett Delorme had the time of his life...literally.

Looking ahead, we’ve got CIS and CCAA previews, though it’s really anybody’s guess who will win this time. Even Doug Reimer, coach of six- time champion UBC, is in the dark on the subject, as you’ll see.

Also check out Freeballs!, Mav’s Music and our ever popular Get the Edge section, with contributions from Natascha Wesch, Paul Duerden and National Team assistant Vincent Pichette.

 

Canada Games: Beach Day 1 (12-08-2013)

Canada Games: Beach Day 1 (12-08-2013)
 The competition courts at Atto Beaver Park, the venue for Beach Volleyball at the Canada Games

The competition courts at Atto Beaver Park, the venue for Beach Volleyball at the Canada Games

It's week two at the Canada Games and it's Beach Volleyball's time to shine! One of the marquee events of any Games, Beach Volleyball is being held in the beautiful Atto Beaver Park. If you're in the area, don't miss out on some great action in a wonderful setting! Can't make it to Sherbrooke? You already know we have the live streams for you! 

Men's Schedule

  • Quebec vs. Northwest Territories - 8:00 a.m. EST
  • Ontario vs. Nova Scotia - 9:00 a.m. EST
  • British Columbia vs. Newfoundland - 10:00 a.m. EST
  • Alberta vs. New Brunswick - 11:00 a.m. EST
  • Manitoba vs. Saskatchewan - 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Prince Edward Island vs. Nova Scotia - 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Newfoundland vs. Northwest Territories - 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Quebec vs. New Brunswick - 3:00 p.m. EST
  • Ontario vs. Saskatchewan - 4:00 p.m. EST

Women's Schedule

  • Alberta vs. Norhwest Territories - 8:00 a.m. EST
  • British Columbia vs. Saskatchewan - 9:00 a.m. EST
  • Ontario vs. Newfoundland - 10:00 a.m. EST
  • New Brunswick vs. Nova Scotia - 11:00 a.m. EST
  • Manitoba vs. Prince Edward Island - 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Quebec vs. Saskatchewan - 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Newfoundland vs. Northwest Territories - 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Alberta vs. New Brunswick - 3:00 p.m. EST
  • British Columbia vs. Prince Edward Island - 4:00 p.m. EST

Broadcasting and Webcast

Don't miss a minute of the action! All matches are available live via webcast at www.canadagames.tv.  

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Men's Schedule, Results, & Standings

Women's Schedule, Results, & Standings

 

Canada Games: Quebec Women's Team Caught in Illegal Information Exchange

Canada Games: Quebec Women's Team Caught in Illegal Information Exchange
 Nova Scotia players celebrate a point during their match against Quebec on Sunday, August 4th. Quebec originally won the match 3-0, but the decision was overturned. 

Nova Scotia players celebrate a point during their match against Quebec on Sunday, August 4th. Quebec originally won the match 3-0, but the decision was overturned. 

On Sunday August 4th, Quebec's Women's team defeated Nova Scotia 3-1. Nova Scotia has since appealed the match, since evidence of Quebec's team illegal exchange of information has surfaced. 

During the match against Nova Scotia, members of a separate team witnessed a non-accredited assistant coach for Team Quebec gather information, place it in a water bottle, and place it next to the curtain dividing the court. The water bottle then made it's way into the hands of the team manager, who was then seen, as portrayed in the evidence provided in photos, opening the water bottle and pulling out a sheet of paper. 

According to a statement made by Volleyball Quebec, these actions were not known, nor was the information used by Head Coach Julien Paquette or his Assistant Rachèle Béliveau

Due to this, the Canada Games Council decided to proceed with the following punishments: the manager will be stripped of his accreditation, and will no longer be allowed on the Canada Games premises as a member of Team Quebec. Furthermore, Quebec's match against Nova Scotia, which was originally 3-1 for Quebec, has been overturned and is now a 3-0; 25-0, 25-0, 25-0 win for Nova Scotia.  

All coaches and managers were well aware that communication from outside of the field of play, in any form, was illegal. 

Quebec, who originally finished in 2nd in Pool C and were originally slated to play Ontario, have now swapped positions with Nova Scotia, and will play Alberta instead. Nova Scotia will now play Ontario in the quarter-finals.   

As an effected party, the Alberta delegation took the opportunity to appeal the Canada Games Council's decision on the basis that it was not severe enough. The appeal then went to the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) for review.  The SDRCC ruled that the Council followed all the necessary policies and procedures and upheld the original decision.   

Volleyball Quebec has released a statement, apologizing to Volleyball Nova Scotia, as well as all the teams competing at the Canada Games. They have also suspended both individuals from the Canada Games environment for the remainder of the Games, and will review the matter at a later date. For full details on the statement, click here

 Edit: We flip flopped two of the words in the SDRCC's name.  It has been corrected. (August 8th, 2013 - 10:07 a.m. EST)

The Volleyball Source Podcast: Episode 56

This week on the show Everett calls in from the 2013 Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec.  We talk about the indoor volleyball part of the games for both the men's and women's side of the tournament.  We also discuss the Quebec Women's Team's cheating scandal.

Update: The person taking the notes has been identified as a non-accredited Team Quebec Coach.  A coach from the bench sent a player to go retrieve the water bottle.

 

Canada Games: Men's Indoor Preview

Canada Games: Men's Indoor Preview

The 2013 Canada Games are just about to get underway, and we’ll be there bringing you the latest news and all the action. But first, here are our favourites to take home the gold in the 2013 Canada Games men's indoor preview. 

The Games are being held in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and the host Province may have one of the most exciting teams competing, led by none other than hometown boy, and quite possibly the future of our National team, Nick Hoag. The youngest Hoag just finished his time as Captain of the National B team, and even appeared in a World League match this year against Portugal. He will undoubtedly be among the strongest players of the tournament.

Looking past a player who may or may not have been destined for greatness at birth, Quebec’s team will provide a solid supporting cast to surround him. Jean-Philippe Desjardins spent the summer training with the Junior National team and will be a presence in the middle, while libero Vincent Thibault-Bernier wowed fans at the 2013 CIS Championships with some impressive defense for Champions Laval. Quebec finished 2nd at last year’s NTCC, and have returned all important pieces this year as well.

Otherwise, tournament favourites are the usual suspects. British-Columbia is coached by Trinity-Western Head Coach Ben Josephson, which means they’re most impactful member may not even be an athlete. With five Spartans on the roster, this team could very well be the well oiled machine that we’ve become accustom to during Josephson’s reign.

The team has notable standouts like 2012 Junior National team members Tyler Koslowsky and UBCO’s Jim Bell, as well as 2010-2011 member Branden Schmidt. But the team will ultimately be led by 2013 CIS 1st All-Canadian Nick Del Bianco. Del Bianco already has a wealth of International experience, having competed at the 2011 World Club Championships with Trinity Western, and having represented Canada on four separate occasions on the beach at Junior and Youth World Championships, and even grabbing a bronze medal on a 2012 NORCECA Beach Tour stop. The Spartan leftside also led the Canada West in kills in 2013.

Gold medalists from the 2012 NTCC’s, Ontario, have some serious holes to fill due to the Junior National team. CIS Rookie of the year Danny Demyanenko will be absent, as will three other players eligible for Ontario’s team.

Regardless, Ontario’s depth may be there saving grace. The Marauder duo of Jori Mantha and Dan Groenveld will most likely hold down the leftside, will another Marauder, Austin Smith, will compete with another National beach player, Andrew Kocur, to run the offence. Both setters bring different styles of play, and will have to complement each other well if Ontario is to take home the Gold. Look for Ryerson’s Rob Wojcik to put some big numbers on the right side as well.

Alberta’s team will be supported by a few surprise omissions from the Junior National squad, as Brooke Sedore and Scott Brunet both competed for Canada in 2012. Sedore’s physicality and strong serving game could push Alberta over the edge, but the most important piece of the puzzle may be setter, and 2013 CIS All-Rookie team member, Brett Walsh. Walsh was expected by many to be heading to Turkey for the 2013 World U21 Championships, but Alberta is definitely not complaining, as he placed 6th in the Canada West for Assists in his freshman season.

Finally, Manitoba’s roster is slightly younger than the other medal favourites. With the obvious gap that Casey Schouten and Jarrid Ireland, Manitoba will have to look towards younger players to step up in Sherbrooke. Only three players on their roster have cemented themselves as starters on their respective CIS rosters.

The roster is bolstered by the presence of setter Josh McKay and libero Riley Delavau, both of whom wore the red and white last summer. Offensively, Manitoba will look to middle Kenny Rooney, who just came off a great rookie season with the Bisons and was named to the CIS All-Rookie team. This tournament will give a chance for someone to step up and make a name for themselves, and carry it into the 2013 CIS season.

The other provinces who will be competing are Saskatchewan,  Newfoundland, PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Yukon. Amongst them, only Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan have previously finished in the top five at the Canada Games, and with the wealth of talent brought by the five biggest provinces, they'll have a tough time reaching the semi-finals.  

Don't miss the Gold Medal match on TSN2 on August 8th!