When playing volleyball at the international level, a team has to show up to play or face the inevitable…last Sunday, Cuba was there to play and Canada wasn’t. Although it was a game that Canadian fans would like to forget as soon as possible, it was one that members of team Canada may never be able to forget. They had their hearts set on being Olympic athletes.
Canada has one more chance to qualify for Rio in a tournament that will be held in Japan from the 28th of May until the 5th of June. This competition will be a very difficult one, against some of the top European and Asian teams. Four of the eight competitors will advance to the Olympic competition, the top ranked Asian team, and the best three ranked teams excluding the best Asian team. The Asian teams will be Japan, China, Australia, and Iran. The other four will be Canada, Venezuela, France and Poland. France qualified second in the European championships and Poland third (Russia finished first and qualified).
Gord Perrin was the top scorer for Team Canada with 12 points, and was named the best spiker for the NORCECA tournament.