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The Canadian men’s national Volleyball team has taken many steps forward since it began international competition in 1959. This past 1997-2000 quadrennial involved some of the biggest steps ever. This included the team reaching 10th place in the world rankings (highest ever achieved) and its 1st attendance and competitive showings in almost every major international tournament from 1998-2000.

A disappointing end to the quadrennial was evident when Canada failed to qualify for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, but that is in the past and the team is now focused on new goals.

Under the guidance of new head coach Stelio DeRocco, who is now in his third year with the team, Team Canada is now ready to challenge for a spot as one of the top teams in the world, and is hungrier than ever for success.

The return of many key players from the successful 1997-2000 seasons will help Canada in its quest to prove itself amongst the elite in the world.

Currently ranked 20th in the world, Canada is looking for some more big wins in the 2003 World Cup after finishing fifth at the Pan American Games and second at the NORCECA Championship.

Coach De Rocco has assembled a number of new young players that have developed through the Canadian university system that will compliment the strong line up of veterans that he hopes will carry this team to “new altitudes”.

Team Canada will be counting on key returning players such as Paul Duerden, Murray Grapentine, Terry Martin and Sebastien Ruette.

Recent records

Men's NORCECA Continental Championship in Mexico (September) finished second

Canada lost to USA
3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-21)
Canada beat Mexico 3-0 (25-9, 25-19, 24-26, 25-19)
Canada beat Cuba 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 16-25, 15-7)
Canada beat Puerto Rico 3-0 (37-35, 25-18, 25-19)

Pan Am Games in the Dominican Republic (August) finished fifth

Play-off for fifth: Canada beat the Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 20-25, 25-23)
Canada lost to Venezuela 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 26-24)
Canada beat Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-17, 27-25, 25-21)
Canada lost to Brazil 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 27-25)
Canada lost to Cuba 3-0 (35-33, 25-21 & 25-19)
World Cup record

1999 - Eighth
1995 - 10th
1977 - 12th