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Edmonton welcomes Volleyball Canada

Volleyball Canada is pleased to confirm Edmonton and Rexall Place as a host city and venue for the intercontinental round of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World League. Rexall Place will host the final weekend games on Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21, when Canada meets Australia.

“World League is definitely a highlight on our men’s team calendar,” said Canada’s men’s national team head coach, Glenn Hoag. “Last year’s games in Quebec City and Mississauga gave us the opportunity to play in front of enthusiastic home crowds, and we’re looking forward to bringing that excitement to Western Canada this summer.”

This year, Canada will be the top-ranked team (11th) in Pool C. Belgium is currently 37th in the world; Finland is 30th and Australia is 14th. The full World League pool composition is found at www.fivb.org.

The FIVB Volleyball World League is synonymous with fantastic matches and top-class sport and entertainment. This year, World League is expanding from 18 countries to 28 for the first time.

“This is another great opportunity for Edmonton to show the rest of the world that the city is a top destination for hosting international sporting events,” says Maggie Davision, vice president of Edmonton Tourism. “From our volunteers to spectators, Edmonton excels when it comes to hosting events of this size. This is a big win for Edmonton Tourism and we are proud to showcase our city to the rest of the world.”

In 2013, the Canadian team won its pool, advancing to the playoffs and winning an exciting battle against the top-ranked Russian team, ultimately finishing fifth overall. The team’s performance resulted in a seven-place gain for Canada in the World Rankings – from 18th to 11th.   Russia went on to win World League after beating Brazil 3-0 in the final match.

As in 2013, the matches will be nationally broadcast giving Canadian volleyball fans a chance to see their men’s team in action live at home and abroad.  More information on this year’s broadcast schedule and ticket prices to be announced in the coming weeks.

Canada will also host the World Championship Qualification tournament (men’s and women’s) in Mississauga at the Hershey Centre, May 16 to 19, 2014.

Check www.volleyball.ca for updates.

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