FIVB: Maple Volleys Kick Off World League Finals

FIVB: Maple Volleys Kick Off World League Finals

The Maple Volleys 2017 World League campaign continues tonight as they travel to Brazil after qualifying for the Final Six for the first time since 2013. They take on the hosts at 2:00 p.m. ET. 

Finishing 5th in the intercontinental round with a 5-4 record, Canada will be in pool J1 alongside hosts Brazil and Russia. The Maple Volleys fell 3-1 to the defending Olympic Champions in Week 2, and haven't faced Russia since the Quarterfinals at the Rio Olympic Games last summer. This is also the same pool as the 2013 World League Finals, in which Canada upset Russia 3-2 but failed to move on to the semi-finals. 

They face Russia on Wednesday once again at 2:00 ET. With no meeting duering t

On the other side in pool J1, the USA - who started the World League 0-3 but have been red hot since then, will be fighting against defending World League champs Serbia and red hot France. France is coming into the finals as favourites after going 8-1 in the intercontinental round and welcoming superstar Earvin N'Gapeth back into the starting line-up. 

The top two teams from each pool will move on to the semis on Friday, with the Gold and Bronze medal games to be played on Sunday. All Canadian matches can be found on cbcsports.ca and all World League matches can be found live on YouTube. 

馃嚚馃嚘 Canada vs. 馃嚙馃嚪 Brazil - July 4th @ 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT

馃嚚馃嚘 Canada vs. 馃嚪馃嚭 Russia - July 5th @ 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT

FIVB: Canada Downs Belgium in World League Opener

FIVB: Canada Downs Belgium in World League Opener

The Maple Volleys got things started on the right foot yesterday with a 3-2 win over Belgium to open not only the 2017 World League in Group 1, but also the beginning of the Antiga era for the men's National team. 

Gord Perrin led the way in his first match as Captain with 21 points, while four other players reached double-digits; Ryley Barnes and Graham Vigrass both notched 17 while Dan Jansen van Doorn and Sharone Vernon-Evans put up 10 a piece. Barnes and Vernon-Evans were both making their first appearance at the International level, as was Brad Gunter who got his first start and chipped in with 7 points early on. Sharone, who's still only 18-years old, is the youngest Canadian to ever play in a World League match. 

It definitely wasn't the prettiest of matches the team has ever played, as the Maple Volleys made a whopping 40 errors over the course of five sets, but essentially dominated the Red Devils everywhere else. They out hit them 68-57 and out blocked them 13-5. Vigrass and Dan JVD had 3 a piece while Vernon-Evans threw down a couple. Although, serving practice might be in order as a cringey 21 serves were missed by the Maple Volleys. Ouch. 

Considering libero Blair Bann is the "oldest" on the team at 29 - this team is a much different squad than Canadian volleyball fans are used to seeing. With youth comes change, and generally change means a lot of unforced errors - just like we saw today.

But looking past that - if you're a fan of this team, you've got to be real excited after today's performance. It was a gritty performance against a Belgium side that wouldn't go away, and while their were more errors than seagulls at the beach, it wasn't a sloppy game to watch - just frustrating in the "oh look how close that was" and the "holy crap boys let's serve the ball over the net" type of way. 

The young guys really stepped up today and gave us a real good look at what the future looks like.  Ryley Barnes was rock solid for all five sets and it was hard to imagine this was his first international cap. He played the perfect P2 position - solid in serve receive, made some digs, and was a great outlet - scoring 14 times on 31 attempts. Brad Gunter, who started the match on the Right Side, was strong through the first two sets, scoring 7 times on 15 attempts with 3 errors. The lefty and former TRU product has a bazooka for an arm and can hit any shot with some heavy pace.

And for the 18-year old phenom - he looked right at home with the big boys and showed that he belonged.  His seven kills shouldn't be surprising to anyone who's seen him play before - but putting away that C-ball to close the 3rd was a big shot and is already showing the confidence setter TJ Sanders has in him. Despite his middle-esque frame, his defence wasn't a liability as he made 3 digs on 7 chances, and showed up big at the net on both occasions he was asked too. 

Next up for Team Canada is the USA at 10:00 a.m. ET on Saturday morning. Which is probably this morning unless you're reading this later in the week - than none of this matters to you and you should probably stop reading. But definitely go check out our World League page because I'm sure whatever you're looking for will be there! If not, feel free to send us a message on Facebook or Instagram or via email or on Twitter or through Snapchat. But those are the only places. 

FIVB: World League Finals

FIVB: World League Finals

After weeks of competition, the FIVB World League comes down to it's final weekend in Krakow, Poland featuring the top six teams from Group 1. The teams are divided in two groups of three, with two teams from each moving on the the semi-finals. With five of the Olympic favourites playing this weekend - everyone will be looking to establish themselves as favourites heading to Rio. 

Teams

Pool J

FranceFrance
PolandPoland
SerbiaSerbia

Pool K

BrazilBrazil
ItalyItaly
USAUSA

Schedule

Wednesday July 13th

BrazilBrazilvs.ItalyItaly11:30 a.m. ET
PolandPolandvs.FranceFrance2:30 p.m. ET

Thursday July 14th

USAUSAvs.ItalyItaly11:30 a.m. ET
PolandPolandvs.SerbiaSerbia2:30 p.m. ET

Friday July 15th

SerbiaSerbiavs.FranceFrance11:30 a.m. ET
USAUSAvs.BrazilBrazil2:30 p.m. ET

Live Stream

All matches are streamed live on the FIVB YouTube page. Unfortunately, if you live in the U.S., these streams aren't available to you and using programs like Hola to change your VPN doesn't seem to be working. 

Luckily, there's a few channels like Volleyball World who provide free live streams of all matches as well. 

Wednesday July 13th

Thursday July 14th

Friday July 15th

FIVB: Canada Rolls Over China

FIVB: Canada Rolls Over China

Team Canada picked up where they left off after qualifying for the Olympics with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-21) win over China to open the 2016 World League in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. 

The Maple Volleys played with confidence and increasingly gained control throughout the match. Even without stars Gavin Schmitt, Gord Perrin, and Nick Hoag, they dominated a team that only a few weeks ago were a set away from ruining Canada's Olympic dream. 

Without Perrin and Schmitt producing over 50% of the offence, Canada played their own version of small ball, with Steve Marshall playing on the left and Rudy Verhoeff making his debut on the right, allowing TJ Sanders to speed up the offence on the outside and open things up in the middle and much more diversified offence then we saw in Japan.

Graham Vigrass was dominant with 11 kills and 15 points while Marshall was deadly, going 11-for-15; the match also saw the return of Captain Fred Winters, who was in form added 11 points. Unfortunately digs don't matter in the Czech Republic so we have no idea the exact number, but team defence was a real thing today, keeping multiple plays alive throughout the match. 

With three straight games this weekend, Canada will have to get ready right away for their next match of Pool C2 against Egypt at 9:00 a.m. ET/ 6:00 a.m. PT.  Live streams can be found on our FIVB World League homepage. 

LIVE: Canada vs. Argentina - FIVB World League

LIVE: Canada vs. Argentina - FIVB World League

It's the final week of Intercontinental Round play for the Canadian men's National team and they travel to Argentina to close out pool play. 

Canada is one win away from clinching Pool and and booking their tickets to the Group 2 Finals in Bulgaria. Taking the top spot in Pool C from the get-go and refusing to relinquish power, they sit in first with 22 points after 10 games. While Argentina is in second with 13 points and Bulgaria right behind them with 12, both teams have two games at hand. 

Canada split with Argentina in Halifax earlier in the tournament, winning the first match 3-0 but falling 3-2 in the second. 

Matches are at 5:40 p.m. EDT Friday and Saturday. 

TV & Live Stream

The match will be broadcast on a slight tape delay at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Sportsnet One with Paul Daerden and Charles Parkinson. If you want to watch the game live, check out one of the live links we have bellow. 

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Canada

  • Tyler Sanders                    
  • John Gordon Perrin                    
  • Daniel Lewis                    
  • Justin Duff                    
  • Adam Simac                    
  • Dustin Schneider                    
  • Toontje Van Lankvelt                    
  • Max Burt                    
  • Frederic Winters                    
  • Jason Derocco                    
  • Blair Cameron Bann                    
  • Steven Marshall                    
  • Lucas Van Berkel                    
  • Casey Adam Schouten

Argentina 

  • Javier Filardi                    
  • Nicol谩s Uriarte                    
  • Facundo Conte                    
  • Rodrigo Quiroga                    
  • Jos茅 Luis Gonzalez                    
  • Sebastian Sol茅                    
  • Federico Franetovich                    
  • Pablo Crer                    
  • Luciano De Cecco                    
  • Martin Ramos                    
  • Maximiliano Gauna                    
  • Sebasti谩n Closter                    
  • Luciano Zornetta                    
  • Facundo Santucci

Live: Canada vs. Argentina - FIVB World League

Live: Canada vs. Argentina - FIVB World League

We're in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia for the third weekend of the FIVB World League! Team Canada is off to a great start with a 3-1 record and sit in first place of Pool C with 10 points out of a possible 12.

This weekend, Argentina comes to town. The South American squad comes from a country with a rich volleyball history and are coached by one of the legends of volleyball: Julio Velasco. 

TV & Live Stream

If you're in Canada, the match will be broadcast on Sportsnet 1.  Tune in at 6:30 p.m. ADT to listen to our good friends Paul Duerden and Charles Parkinson call the match. Remember, if you have a cable subscription within Canada, you are eligible for free streaming online on Sportsnet Now  If you don't have Sportsnet 1, check out some of the live streaming links below:

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Rosters

Canada

  • #1 T.J. Sanders
  • #2 Gord Perrin
  • #5 Rudy Verhoeff
  • #6 Justin Duff
  • #9 Dustin Schneider
  • #10 Toon van Lankvelt
  • #12 Gavin Schmitt
  • #14 Max Burt
  • #15 Fred Winters
  • #16 Jason DeRocco
  • #17 Graham Vigrass
  • #19 Blair Bann
  • #22 Steven Marshall
  • #25 Casey Schouten

Argentina

  • #1 Nicolas Bruno
  • #3 Maximiliano Chirivino
  • #6 Cristian Poglajen
  • #8 Demi谩n Gonz谩lez
  • #10 Jos茅 Gonzalez
  • #12 Federico Martina
  • #13 Federico Franetovich
  • #14 Pablo Crer
  • # 16 Martin Ramos
  • #22 Luciano Zornetta
  • #24 Facundo Santucci
  • #25 Rodrigo Villalba

Live: Canada vs. Bulgaria - FIVB World League

Live: Canada vs. Bulgaria - FIVB World League

The Canadian men's National volleyball is off to it's hottest start in recent memory, a perfect record of six wins and no losses! 

Today they look to continue their streak and close out this trip to Bulgaria with another win! A dominant 3-1 win over the home team was led by Gavin Schmitt (Saskatoon, Sk) with 26 points (20 K, 5 A, 1) while Toon van Lankvelt (Rivers, Mb) and Gord Perrin (Creston, BC) added 15 and 13 respectively. 

 The teams will do battle in the Botevgrad Arena Sports Palace in Botevgrad, Bulgaria  Photo: Wikipedia

The teams will do battle in the Botevgrad Arena Sports Palace in Botevgrad, Bulgaria  Photo: Wikipedia

TV & Live Stream

If you're in Canada, the match will be broadcast on Sportsnet 1.  Tune in at 1:30 p.m. EDT to listen to our good friends Paul Duerden and Charles Parkinson call the match. Remember, if you have a cable subscription within Canada, you are eligible for free streaming online on portsnet Now  If you don't have Sportsnet 1, check out some of the live streaming links below:

* Warning: Volleyball Source does not own or operate any of the free links you see below

The Match Centre including live scoring can be found here.

Rosters

Canada

  • #1 T.J. Sanders
  • #2 Gord Perrin
  • #4 Josh Howatson
  • #5 Rudy Verhoeff
  • #6 Juston Duff
  • #10 Toon van Lankvelt
  • #12 Gavin Schmitt
  • #15 Fred Winters
  • #16 Jason DeRocco
  • #17 Graham Vigrass
  • #19 Blair Bann
  • #22 Steven Marshall
  • #24 Lucas Van Berkel
  • #25 Casey Schouten

Bulgaria

  • #1 Georgi Bratoev
  • #4 Martin Bozhilov
  • #5 Svetoslav Gotsev
  • #6 Danail Milushev
  • #8 Todor Skrimov
  • #10 Valentin Bratoev
  • #12 Viktor Yosifov
  • #13 Teodor Salparov
  • #14 Teodor Todorov
  • #15 Todor Aleksiev
  • #17 Nikolay Penchev
  • #18 Nikolay Nikolov
  • #23 Lubomir Agontsev

World League Tickets Available Now

World League Tickets Available Now

World League tickets go on sale today for the 2015 season of FIVB World League Volleyball.  Below we have the three Canadian weekends with links to purchase your tickets.

We will be at all six matches, so if you see us, feel free to say hi!

Canada vs. Cuba

Stampede Corral, Calgary, AB

  • May 16th, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
  • May 17th, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

Canada vs. Argentina

Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, NS

  • June 5th, 2015 - 8 p.m.
  • June 6th, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.

Canada vs. Bulgaria

Credit Union Place, Summerside, PEI

  • June 12th, 2015 - 8:00 p.m.
  • June 13th, 2015 - 8:00 p.m.

FIVB: West is The Best for World League

FIVB: West is The Best for World League
 All 2014 FIVB World League dates in Canada are out west.

All 2014 FIVB World League dates in Canada are out west.

By: Everett Delorme

Volleyball Canada has announced that they will be taking the FIVB World League out west for the 2014 season, with matches in Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton. The men's National team will play 12 matches against Finland, Belgium and Australia during the Intercontinental Round that spans from May 23rd to July 6th.

Canada will open the World League against Finland on May 31st in Calgary at the Stampede Corral, with the second match slatted for June 1st. The team will then play Belgium in back-to-back weekends, travelling there first before returning to Vancouver to face them again at UBC's Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre on June 13th and 14th. Canada's final match at home will take place at Edmonton's Rexall Place, where they'll at have a meeting with Australia on June 20th and 21st. They will then travel to Finland and Australia to finish out the remaining four matches on the schedule. 

Away TeamHome TeamDateLocation
FinlandFinlandvs.CanadaCanadaMay 31st & June 1st, 2014Calgary, AB
CanadaCanadavs.BelgiumBelgiumJune 6th - 8th, 2014Belgium
BelgiumBelgiumvs.CanadaCanadaJune 13th & 14th, 2014Vancouver, BC
AustraliaAustraliavs.CanadaCanadaJune 20th & 21st, 2014Edmonton, AB
CanadaCanadavs.FinlandFinlandJune 27th - 29th, 2014Finland
CanadaCanadavs.AustraliaAustraliaJuly 4th - 6th, 2014Australia

In the past few years, Western Canada has been extremely vocal about wanting more matches, specifically those of the World League. It's hard not to agree with them as attendance last year in Quebec and Ontario were mediocre at best, and attendance in 2012 was boosted by the fact that you had 800 club teams from across the country at the National Championships literally right next door.

We saw a small preview of what to expect when Langley hosted the 2013 NORCECA Championships, with a sold-out crowd of over 5,000 to watch the final between Canada and the U.S. in September. In addition, Canada West Schools typically host larger crowds than their OUA and RSEQ cousins.

Even without these reasons, it was time to take the show out west for the simple fact that the National team is just that - a National team. Seeing live volleyball is crucial to growing interest in the game, and creating that passion the younger generations who are taking their first tentative steps into the sport. As the World League continues to grow over the next few years, it would great to get the East Coast involved - maybe in a city like Halifax or Moncton? 

Of course, the best way to ensure that the World League grows in Canada is to attend World League in Canada, so if you live in Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton,  you best be marking these dates on the calendar, and get ready to cheer nice and loud. 

FIVB: 2014 World League Schedule

FIVB: 2014 World League Schedule

The full 2014 FIVB World League schedule via FIVB.  Click to enlarge.

The FIVB has announced the schedule for the 2014 FIVB World League tournament.  This year, Canada is in Pool C and will play opponents Belarus, Australia and Finland.  Pool play runs from May 23rd though July 6th with the final four / six running July 11th - 13th.  If you look at last year's schedule, the first team listed in the match is the home team.  With that information, here is Canada's schedule:

Team Canada Schedule

Away TeamHome TeamDate
FinlandFinlandvs.CanadaCanadaMay 30th - June 1st, 2014
CanadaCanadavs.BelgiumBelgiumJune 6th - 8th, 2014
BelgiumBelgiumvs.CanadaCanadaJune 13th - 15th, 2014
AustraliaAustraliavs.CanadaCanadaJune 20th - 22nd, 2014
CanadaCanadavs.FinlandFinlandJune 27th - 29th, 2014
CanadaCanadavs.AustraliaAustraliaJuly 4th - 6th, 2014

For more information and the full 2014 FIVB World League schedule, check out the official release from The FIVB.

FIVB: World League Expansion

FIVB: World League Expansion
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The FIVB announced that it is expanding the FIVB World League by another 10 teams, bringing the total of teams competing in the annual tournament to 28.  

The Intercontinental Round will begin on the weekend of May 23rd, and run through to July, with the last possible date for matches slatted for July 13th. The 2014 Edition has teams sorted into seven pools, each containing four teams, and placement is based on world ranking as well as the 2013 Edition.

The top pools, A and B, contain the top teams in the tournament.  These teams will battle it out over the course of six weekends, with the top two teams from either pool moving on to the Final Round.

Pools C, D, and E, contain the next 12 teams, spread across three pools of four. Once again, each pool will compete over the course of six weeks, with the winner of each pool moving on to the Final Four. At this time, the FIVB has not announced how the fourth team will be decided.

The last two pools, F and G, are replacing the old qualification rounds the Canada went through in 2011. Instead, two pools of four entirely unassociated with the res of the tournament, will face off in two consecutive weekends, before battling it out in a final four the champion. It is unclear whether this team, or maybe even the top two, would move on to the main group the following year (but that鈥檚 our guess).

The Final Round will contain the host, the top two teams from pools A and B, and the winner of the Final Four. On July 16th-20th, the six teams will battle for the $1,000,000 cheque and the title of World League Champion.

Where Canadian fans might start getting a little upset is the fact that Canada will not be apart of the top two groups, even though they finished on top of Pool C last year, and went on to defeat Russia before finishing a best-ever fifth at the event.

Instead, Canada will be a part of Group C, with newcomers Belgium and Australia, as well as our favourite place to play away from home, Finland. Canada will have to finish top of Pool C to qualify for the Final Four, where they would have to win once again, to return to the FIVB Final Round.

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D Pool E Pool F Pool G
Brazil Brazil Russia Russia Belgium Belgium Argentina Argentina Netherlands Netherlands Tunisia Tunisa Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Italy Italy USA USA Canada Canada Germany Germany South Korea Korea Turkey Turkey China China
Poland Poland Bulgaria Bulgaria Australia Australia France France Portugal Portugal Cuba Cuba Slovakia Slovakia
Iran Iran Serbia and Montenegro Serbia Finland Finland Japan Japan Czech RepublicCzech Republic Mexico Mexico Spain Spain

Part of the of the changes brought to last year鈥檚 World League were that the Pool C 鈥淐hampion鈥, would not only attend the World League Final Round, but also move up to join the top teams the following year.

Is it all that surprising that the FIVB decided to not follow they鈥檙e own rules and omit Canada from the top pools? Not one bit.

Considering that early reports pitted Japan in the top group, along with the top teams, it could be worse. For those who don鈥檛 remember, Japan finished in absolute dead last in last year鈥檚 World League, and in reality, was only being considered apart of that group because of the serious capital Japan puts into the sport, and the serious interest the FIVB has in that market.

If anyone's looking for a reason why Canada was omitted from the top group, here's why.

鈥淭he last ranked team of Pool A & B after the Intercontinental Round could be relegated if the winner of the Final Four of Pools C, D and E can meet the promotion requirements set by the FIVB.鈥

These requirements are obviously not performance based; otherwise we would be with the top teams. These requirements mean that in the eyes of the FIVB, volleyball in Canada does not garner enough exposure with the National sports media, and isn鈥檛 relevant on the stage that the FIVB would like it to be.

Like everything else, this situation has two sides. On one hand, it鈥檚 glaringly obvious that they鈥檙e probably right. Considering it's a rare occasion that Canadian volleyball makes it in to any major newspaper, let alone on Sportsnet or TSN, this country has yet to give volleyball the attention that it garners in Europe and in Asia.

Considering none of last year's World League matches were even close to being sold out, it's no surprise the FIVB doesn't see the Great White North as a place they want to expand the game right away.

On the other hand, how is a country expected to increase the exposure of a sport when they are continuously playing teams of lesser stature? In saying this I mean no disrespect to Australia, Finland, and Belgium, but they鈥檙e star players aren鈥檛 exactly the big stars that teams like Brazil, Russia, and Poland boast.

Not only does this announcement frustrate our National team who have worked so hard in the past few years to get to this point, this also is sure to frustrate Volleyball Canada. It鈥檚 no secret that trying to promote home matches is difficult enough with the fickle Canadian volleyball community, but hosting teams like this is like trying to sell-out an NHL against Columbus Blue Jackets  鈥 it鈥檚 probably not going to sell out.

If there's any consolation, we are in the easiest of the groups. Belgium has never participated in the World League, although they were the European League Champions last summer, and followed that up with a 7th place finish at the European Championships. 

Australia hasn't participated in the World League since 1999, and apart from qualifying for the 2012 Olympics where they finished 9th, haven't done much internationally. Their disappointing 5th at the Asian Volleyball Championships this fall is not the direction they were hoping to go before their first World League in 15 years.

Unfortunately, at this point, there's nothing we can about the 2014 Edition. What can be done is simple: if the World League comes to a Canadian city near you, then jump on the chance the go. Showing not only the FIVB, but the rest of the Canadian sports community that volleyball can play with the big boys.  

 

 

 

 

Live: Canada vs. Brazil Preview Show

Live: Canada vs. Brazil Preview Show
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We're back for another episode of Volleyball Source Live.  After Canada's historic win over Russia yesterday, Canada must now face Brazil in 2013 FIVB World League Finals group play.  We will be going live at 3:00 p.m. EST for another pregame show before the match begins at 3:30 p.m. EST.  Live streaming links below.

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