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Volleyball Canada Announces 2017 U21 Men’s Squad

GATINEAU, Canada, May 4, 2017 - Volleyball Canada is pleased to announce the 2017 Men’s Junior National Team roster.

"We are extremely happy with the 2017 edition of our U21 team," said Julien Boucher, High Performance Director. "We had a productive selection camp, which I would consider one of our best ever and that’s a tribute to all players and staff who attended. Our future looks bright."

The junior team will be training in Gatineau at the Centre Sportif to prepare for the U21 Pan Am Cup, held from May 14 to 21 in Fort McMurray, AB.  A roster of 12 of the 14 athletes listed below will be travelling to Fort Mac this month.

The Pan Am Cup tournament will also serve as the qualifier for the U21 FIVB World Championship in Czech Republic from June 23 to July 2, 2017. The Top NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation) team and top CSV (South American Volleyball Confederation) side each earn a berth from this event for the U21 Worlds.

"We’re excited about this year’s group of players," said Gino Brousseau, head coach of the junior team. "Many of the athletes were part of the program last year, and have gained valuable experience and maturity over the past year.  We’re looking forward to the opportunity to play in our home country to work toward the goal of U21 World Championship qualification."

The final Pan Am Cup roster will be announced before the team travels to Alberta.

2017 Canadian Men’s Junior Volleyball Team

Setters: Mikael Clegg and Derek Epp. Middle Blockers: Daenan Gyimah, Matthew Mawdsley, Fynn McCarthy and Max Vriend. Wing Spikers: Jacob Kern, Eric Loeppky, Jesse Elser and Taryq Sani. Opposite: Matthew Passalent and Sharone Vernon. Liberos: Jordan Pereira and Andre Foreman. Head Coach: Gino Brousseau. Assistant Coaches: Adam Simac and Francois St-Denis. Statistician: Daniel Cuzmar Grimalt. Therapist: Jennifer Martins.