Canada fine-tuning men’s unit in Slovenia

OTTAWA, Canada, September 7, 2018 - The Canadian men’s national team is well prepared for the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in Italy and Bulgaria from September 9 to 30.

First they took part of the Hubert Jerzy Wagner Memorial Tournament in Poland from August 24-26 along with teams of Russia, France and host Poland. The tournament was held at the Tauron Arena in Krakow and it was the second year in a row that Canada played in the prestigious event.

The Hubert Jerzy Wagner Memorial Tournament was the team’s first major competition since the inaugural season of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League earlier this year – Canada finished seventh in the VNL, just outside the final six.

Following the Wagner Tournament, the team trained in Maribor, Slovenia from August 27 to September 4 in preparation for the World Championship. 

On September 5, the team traveled to the country’s capital to play in the Ljubljana Volleyball Challenge (from September 6 to 8) and will face Slovenia, Iran (tenth in the VNL), and USA (third in the VNL).

Speaking at the pre-tournament press conference, Canada head coach Stephane Antiga said: “We have great conditions here in Slovenia to conclude our preparations, before the beginning of the World Championship. We’ll try to deliver a better performance than we did in some of our previous preparation matches.”

Shortly after, the team will make its way to the northeastern Bulgarian city of Ruse for the start of the 2018 FIVB Men’s World Championship. Canada is in Pool B with Brazil (ranked number one in the World), China, Egypt, France and the Netherlands.