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Captain Nick Hoag leads Canadian men's Olympic volleyball team into Paris

Captain Nick Hoag will lead Canada's men's volleyball team at the upcoming Paris Olympics. Canada's Xander Ketrzynski (right) embraces his teammates after defeating the USA in Volleyball Nations League action, in Ottawa, on Saturday, June 8, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

GATINEAU, Que. - Captain Nick Hoag will lead Canada's men's volleyball team at the upcoming Paris Olympics.

Volleyball Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee announced the team's roster Monday.

Canada qualified for Paris after placing second in its pool at the FIVB Olympic Qualification Tournament in China last September.

Hoag will make his third straight Olympic appearance. The 31-year-old from Sherbrooke, Que., and the ninth-ranked Canadians finished fifth at a Volleyball Nations League tournament in June.

"It is always a great experience and every time it feels like a new one, too,” Hoag said in a press release. “We also have a very different team than the last two Olympics. Not only because of the several players retiring but also because volleyball has also evolved so much. It’s the highest level of volleyball in the world so it’ll be interesting to see how we perform outside of the recent Volleyball Nations League (VNL) competition.

"It is also very exciting to see all these new players coming into such a big tournament and perform at such a high level. As in the previous two Games, our objective is nothing less than a medal.”

The Canadian men's volleyball team is appearing at its sixth Summer Games, with a fourth-place finish at the 1984 Los Angeles Games its best result. Canada placed eighth at the Tokyo Games in 2021.

Men's volleyball takes place from July 27 to Aug. 10 at the South Paris Arena 1. Canada begins tournament play July 28 against Slovenia.

"To choose the Olympic team is not simple and I want to thank all the players who have worked so hard for this dream to be in the Olympics, including those who are not on the roster,” head coach Tuomas Sammelvuo said. “We want to represent Canada in the best way possible and for the whole country to be proud of Canadian volleyball on the world stage in Paris.

"Our focus is now on preparation for Paris — we must arrive on the court for the first match in the best technical, tactical, and mental condition possible. We don’t have a lot of time, but we will use our time effectively as we get back to work to get ready for the Olympic tournament.”

Canada's men's volleyball roster:

Danny Demyanenko (Toronto); Luke Herr (Winnipeg); Nick Hoag (Sherbrooke, Que.); Brodie Hofer (Langley, B.C.); Xander Ketrzynski (Toronto); Eric Loeppky (Steinbach, Man.); Justin Lui (Pickering, Ont.); Stephen Maar (Aurora, Ont.); Fynn McCarthy (Lake Country, B.C.); Arthur Szwarc (Toronto); Lucas Van Berkel (Edmonton); Brett Walsh (Calgary)

Alternate: Ryley Barnes (Edmonton)

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 8, 2024.

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