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Canada update

Posted by devo on December 11, 2009

The Canadian Uni volleyball  season is into its mid-season break.

Paul SandersonLuke ReynoldsFred Marsh (sitting out this year) – Brandon Universityfacebook The Bobcats are sitting equal 4th in their conference

In the pre-season Men’s Volleyball Super 8 Tournament, Brandon Bobcats lost 3-1 in the final. Tournament Best spiker: Paul Sanderson. Paul continued his early form, and is now coming second in conference for kills, first for aces, second for points.

Gregory MannNorth Alberta Institute of Technology The first half of the season ended with NAIT holding a record of three wins and seven defeats.

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Canadian games live

Posted by devo on November 8, 2009

HOME GAMES STREAMED ONLINE. This year the Brandon Bobcats will have all of their home games streamed online. This enables family and friends nationally and internationally to log on and watch the games from their homes. This certainly is exciting for the program and a step in the right direction.

http://www2.brandonu.ca/athletics/live/index.asp

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Aussies to play for bronze in Canada

Posted by devo on March 1, 2009

Brandon lost to Alberta 3:0 (20-25, 15-25, 22-25) in the semi-finals of the Canadian inter-university competition. Aussies Paul Sanderson, Luke Reynolds and Cam Blewett will now play off for bronze tomorrow. Aussie Tony Valena trains with the Alberta team. Box Score /Game Story ~ Read Christian Stapff’s commentary in the comments.

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Canadian Uni finals

Posted by devo on February 28, 2009

Brandon University with Aussies Paul Sanderson, Cam Blewett and Luke Reynolds defeated Dalhousie 3:2 (17-25, 26-24, 12-25, 25-21, 15-9) in the Championship CIS Quarter-Final game in Canada today.  Box Score /Game Story

Brandon will play the season undefeated Alberta in the semi-finals tomorrow. Check out Christian Stapff’s preview of the game in the comments.

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Sando All-Canadian

Posted by devo on February 27, 2009

Brandon University Men’s Volleyball left-side, Aussie Paul Sanderson, was named to the CIS All-Canadian first all-star team.

Paul finished second in the the nation with an average of 5.23 kills per set. He was selected a Second Team All-Canadian last season. Paul and fellow Aussies Luke Reynolds and Cam Blewett face the Dalhousie Tigers in quarter-final action today at the CIS Men’s Volleyball Championship in Edmonton.

2009 CIS men’s volleyball championship preview

Correspondent Big Ren reports that: All games are being streamed online for anyone that wants to watch, THIS IS THE DIRECT link to the games: http://www.ssncanada.ca/finals/16/

If this doesnt work then just access it through the Canadian Interuniversity Sports website. http://cis.infinityprosports.com/2004/index.php?page=schedule&playoffs=1&season_id=2008&sport_name=mvolleyball

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Aussies in Canadian regional finals

Posted by devo on February 23, 2009

The Brandon Bobcats Paul Sanderson, Luke Reynolds, Cam Blewett Brandon University – fell just short in their quest for a first ever Canada West men’s volleyball banner Saturday night.

The top-ranked and undefeated Alberta Golden Bears – Tony ValenaAlberta University – swept the Bobcats in straight sets in the final of the Conference Championship in Edmonton. Set scores were 25-22, 25-23, 25-18. more@ Luber’s Lounge

With the win, the #1-ranked Bears will likely head into the CIS national championship tournament, February 27-March 1 in Edmonton, as the number one seed, giving them the best possible chance to defend their CIS title. Brandon, in their first appearance, will likely earn a top-three seeding. The setter for the Golden Bears has a familiar name for Aussie volleyball followers: Mike DeRocco

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Aussies help Brandon to finals

Posted by devo on February 16, 2009

The Brandon men’s volleyball team has advanced to the CIS national championship for the first time in its four-year volleyball history. They also punched their ticket to Edmonton in the most dramatic and unbelievable way imaginable.

The sixth-ranked Bobcats defeated the 10th ranked UBC Thunderbirds in a five-set classic (28-30, 25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 24-22) Saturday night at the BU Gym, sweeping the best-of-three Canada West quarterfinal series in two straight matches. With the win, Brandon earns a spot at next weekend’s conference Final Four at the University of Alberta and an automatic berth at Nationals the following week.

Coach Paddock was even more sentimental during his frenzied post-game media scrum. “I don’t think we ever expected to be going to nationals in year number four,” he says, “I guess we got some breaks along the way, like the Australian guys (Sanderson, Blewett, Luke Reynolds) coming here and raising us to the level where it was possible. But certainly, all of the players and the coaching staff have put in so much effort, and it’s very nice to be rewarded.” full article at Canada West

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What’s happenning in North America?

Posted by devo on February 14, 2009

BRANDON, MB — The Canada West postseason arrives in the Wheat City this weekend, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

The 6th ranked Brandon University men’s volleyball team – Paul Sanderson, Luke Reynolds & Cam Blewett –  will host the 10th ranked UBC Thunderbirds in a best-of-three opening round playoff series, with the winner earning a spot in next weekend’s Conference Final Four and an automatic berth at the CIS National Championship two weeks from now.

There’s no love lost between the two teams, who are squaring off for the second straight weekend after concluding the regular season with a series split three days ago in Vancouver.  “We’re very confident,” says All-Canadian left-side Paul Sanderson, “It was good to get a split last weekend in their gym because winning on the road is always tough. Now we have them coming to us, and we believe we can beat them. But we know it will be very difficult, and we’ll have to bring our ‘A’ game to get the job done.” more@ Brandon

  • Nick Goldsbrough-ReardonUC Irvine’s The Anteaters improved to 11-2 overall and 7-1 in the MPSF with a 3-2 win over  UCSB
  • Hamish MacPheeGraceland Uni – are 5-2 so far this season in NAIA competition
  • Tony ValenaAlberta University:  is training with The University of Alberta’s men’s volleyball team who have completed the Canada West regular season with a perfect 18-0 record after defeating the Regina Cougars in straight sets

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Canadian results

Posted by devo on January 25, 2009

The Canadian Brandon Bobcats had their most impressive win for the season, and kept their finals hopes well and truely alive. Aussies Paul Sanderson, Luke Reynolds and Cam Blewett all play for the Bobcats.

Memo to the CIS: the demise of the Brandon Bobcats has been greatly exaggerated.

On the heels of three consecutive lopsided losses, the 9th ranked Bobcats delivered their most impressive victory of the season Friday night, crushing the 3rd ranked Calgary Dinos in straight sets (25-15, 25-16, 25-18) in Canada West men’s volleyball action at the BU Gym.

“It would pretty much have to be our best performance of the season,” says Brandon coach Russ Paddock, “To win on the scoreboard that convincingly against a team as good as we know they are was certainly good for us. Especially considering the struggle we’ve been going through the last couple of weeks.” With the win, the Bobcats (7-6) remain in the hunt for home court advantage in the opening round of the playoffs, moving into a tie with the Winnipeg Wesmen for fourth place in the conference. The victory also snapped the Dinos (11-4) six match winning streak.

“I’m a little surprised that the score is as lopsided as it appears,” adds Paddock, “In the first and third set, they narrowed it to two in the teens, but we were able to stop their run and pull away. So that was good that we never let them quite back in it. But I definitely think the sets were closer than the scores indicated.” The Bobcats thoroughly dominated the match, smothering the Dinos with a dazzling array of kills, service aces, and stuff-blocks. “After losing both of our matches last weekend, we certainly had to give our heads a shake and play well tonight,” says Brandon All-Canadian left-side Paul Sanderson, “We can still pretty much finish anywhere in the standings from four to seven, so we need to win as many games the rest of the way. This weekend, we’re halfway there.”

Sanderson played like a man possessed for BU, delivering 12 kills and 5 service aces. Joel Small, Kevin Miller, and Paul Robidoux added 6 kills apiece. Small also had 5 blocks. Omar Langford paced the Calgary attack with 7 kills. “We passed really well tonight, and that makes it easy for the guys on the outside,” adds Sanderson, “We were very efficient on that, and we ran Small through the middle and he came up big, too.” more@ Brandon

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Luke Reynolds to get more court time in Canada

Posted by devo on November 21, 2008

BU Bobcats men’s volleyball team head coach Paddock said that back up Luke Reynolds … should see more time on the floor with the departure of Hatch. more

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Canada vs Aussies – an Aussie account

Posted by devo on August 2, 2008

Aussie OS Luke Reynolds Brandon University – was at the game yesterday, and wrote up this piece for us.

There was a good crowd on hand at the University of Manitoba, roughly 2,000. The boys looked ready to go with a thorough warm up and also sharp in their yellow attire. Igor was returning from a knee injury which had plagued him over the past weeks. He told me that he had only jumped the day before at practice. In the opening set the boys looked a lot better than their opposition, who seemed to struggle with our serve, and in the process gave their hitters very little to work with. To the Canadians credit, they played great defense, which kept them in the set; this also provided some exciting rallies. The set finished with a see saw battle with the Aussies coming out on top 25-23.

In the second set Australia began to make too many hitting errors and found themselves down a considerable amount come the second technical timeout. The Canadian serve began to put the Australian serve receive under increasing pressure, forcing Alexander to chase down multiple balls. Throughout the set both White and Edgar were inserted into the game and produced immediate results, with White hammering down his opening 3 spikes. Canada pushed on with the set utilizing the middles every chance they had. It seemed as though we had no answer for the Canadian middles on defense of blocking. The set finished at 13-25 reflecting the errors the Australians had produced.

Luke Reynolds

Luke Reynolds

The third set welcomed a few new faces to the court as Will Thwaite took to the middle. At one point the average age of the court would have been 22 years of age – a very young line up. Will injected life from the outset with a number of kills. Concentration and energy seemed too low on the Australian side, with a long few weeks taking its toll. They had been in transit for roughly a week and only rested in Italy for a few days. Canada though, still seemed fresh as they brought in new players, offering different rotations and providing their young guys with valuable minutes. Joel Smalls, a member of our current Bobcats team, was given two sets adding international experience to his upcoming CIS season. Great to see a mate in Will battle another mate in Joel. The battle of the middles continued with any good pass being sent straight to the middles. Canada’s tough nosed defense, and ability to make the Australians play out long rallies, left its toll as the score crept to 19-25.

Come the 4th Canada had left in their young guys as did Russ, who was keen to see what the boys could do. It felt as though Australia were on the brink of sending it to the 5th, and we were encouraging them to do so. We looked at lot sharper this set and more settled with what the Canadians had to offer. Serve reception though was still a little shaky as the Canadians brought the heat on their serve. Multiple guys ripping on jump serves. The passing put our attack under more pressure and the triple block had us sending over easier balls than normal. These would either be returned via the middle or a powerful pipe attack which was hammered down all night. Credit to the Canadians that they seemed to find the pipe with a solo block or no block, established through the middles being used so much. The set finished at 17-25 but you could see that the Australians were going to be back stronger come the game Tuesday … after a little rest and knowing the gym they will be a different team.

It was great to be able to see all the boys who both Paul (Sanderson) and I have played with or against over the years and who we were able to train with before coming to Canada. Shooting the breeze with the Aussie accent and joking about is something that is always missed. Great to see you all guys and will be there singing the Aussie anthem twice on strong Tuesday.

See also Bomberino for another Canadian view.

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Paul Sanderson – all star team

Posted by devo on February 21, 2008

Correspondent Sandy at Bomberino has let us know that Paul Sanderson has been named in the Canada West all star team. more

Although Paul has received individual honours, his team – Brandon Uni, with fellow Aussies Luke Reynolds and Cameron Blewett – has bombed out of the quarter finals in the Canada West division. more

The Brandon University men’s volleyball team finished their best season ever in the worst possible way.

The seventh-ranked Bobcats dropped a straight-set decision (25-23, 25-22, 25-20) to the ninth-ranked Thompson Rivers Wolfpack last night at the BU Gym, losing their best-of-three Canada West quarterfinal series in two games.
After finishing the regular season with a record of 10-8, the ‘Cats simply couldn’t find their rhythm against the Wolfpack. Brandon failed to win a set all weekend, and will now have seven long months to think about what might have been.

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Aussies in Canada

Posted by devo on February 17, 2008

UPDATED: original posted 16/02/08

Sandy at Bomberino is keeping up-to-date with Canadian college volleyball. Paul Sanderson, Luke Reynolds, Cameron Blewett – Brandon University – are into the quarterfinals in the Canadian West Conference

Quarterfinal playoff info ~ Quarterfinal webcasts (note: Canadian times)

The seventh-ranked Brandon University men’s volleyball team will host the ninth-ranked Thompson Rivers Wolfpack in a best-of-three Canada West quarterfinal series. At stake: a berth in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport nationals next month in Quebec.

“It’s the playoffs and anything can happen,” said Brandon left-side Luke Reynolds prior to practice on Wednesday. “Both teams are going to come out and battle… hopefully our home fans will get behind us and we can get the job done.” more

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Canadian Aussies play on the net #3

Posted by devo on February 9, 2008

Here is a match write up of the game

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Canadian Aussies play on the net #2

Posted by devo on February 8, 2008

Well, I managed to see the last two sets of the Brandon vs Winnipeg game with some great rallies. Brandon pulled out the win 3-2 ( 25-18, 22-25, 23-25, 29-27, 15-12). Good to see all three Aussies on court and playing well.

I was at work so I was not relying on my home pedal machine! The question now is why can’t someone in Australia web stream matches. AVF? Too often International games are in Canberra, which most of us can’t see. A webcast – with sponsorship / advertising opportunities shouldn’t be that hard to organise.

Thanks to Bomberino once again for the heads up on this one.

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Canadian Aussies play on the net

Posted by devo on February 8, 2008

You can watch our three Aussies in Canada
play on the net “tonight”!

Our friend Sandy at Bomberino has passed on this link. Note that the west coast is about 17 hours behind Melbourne time. Do your own calculations, but it should be about 12:30pm Friday here. The telecast starts 15 minutes before the game.

The men’s match is huge for both sides as Wpg is still in a hot race for 1st in the Canada West standings and the Bobcats are in one of the tightest races we’ve seen in years in Canada West. With this last weekend of regular season matches there are still 5 teams fighting it out for the final 4 playoff positions with 4 of the 5 still in the hunt for a home playoff series. The Bobcats are in the midst of that race, possibly finishing as high as 4th or as low as 6th. With provincial bragging rights on the line it’s sure to be intense. more on Dig or Die

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Sanderson continues to impress

Posted by devo on January 25, 2008

Paul Sanderson, playing for Brandon Uni in Canada, along side of Aussies Cam Blewett and Luke Reynolds, has again made the hot hands list this week.

The Bobcats’ big gun Paul Sanderson (2nd yr LS, Melbourne AUS/Brandon) pounded a match-high 24 kills on 50 swings and scored a spectacular match-high 8 service aces, and 8 digs in a 3-2 upset loss to Manitoba on Friday. Sanderson kept up the pace on Saturday, hammering home a match-high 24 kills on 47 swings and adding an ace, 8 digs and a block assist in a 3-1 win over Manitoba on Saturday.  more @ Dig or Die

Brandon are 6-6 in the Canada West conference (ranked 8th in Canada). Paul heads the conference in kills @ 4.88 per set, and is second in the country; he is 3rd in aces. Cam Blewett is third in the conference in digs.

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Aussies in US tournament

Posted by devo on December 28, 2007

friend Sandy over at bomberino has info on the McMaster Tournament, that will see Aussies Paul Carroll at Pepperdine Uni and Paul Sanderson, Luke Reynolds and Cameron BlewettBrandon University playing against each other.

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Canadian reports

Posted by devo on November 15, 2007

Our Canadian friend Sandy reports that  Paul Sanderson (2nd yr LS, Melbourne AUS/Brandon) hammered a match-high 25 kills on 42 swings for .452 hitting, as well as an ace, 4 digs and 2 block assists in a 3-1 win over Calgary on Friday. In Saturday’s matchup, Sanderson scored a match-high 16 kills on .462 hitting, plus an ace, 2 digs and 2 block assists for a game-high 18 points in a sweep of the Dinos. more

Sandy also has match reports here with mentions of Aussies Cam Blewett and Luke Reynolds

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Aussies in Canada

Posted by devo on November 4, 2007

Taking the number 1 ranked team to 5 sets in consecutive days and losing is not all bad news for the three Aussies on the Brandon University team. A promise of more to come, and a lift in the rankings to top 10 suggests that Brandon is in for a great season.

The Golden Bears came into the weekend as the number 1 ranked team in the nation. Brandon on the other hand, has a few new faces in their line-up, including 3 players from Australia.

Brandon was led by libero Cam Blewett who finished with 17 digs. The teams exchanged multiple match points before Alberta was able to seal the deal with a kill.

Tonight would prove to be no different as both teams pushed each other to the limit. The match would end up requiring a fifth set again and unfortunately for the Bobcats, history would end up repeating itself. Alberta won the match by scores of 25-17, 20-25, 25-17, 21-25 and 15-9.

Paul Sanderson led Brandon with 19 kills and Cam Blewett chipped in with 12 defensive digs.

more from Brandon here ~ here Luke Reynolds is the third of the Aussie at Brandon. Paul is ranked 6th in scoring so far this season in the CIS, and first in Canada West. Cam is leading Canada West in digs per set.

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