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JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

The mumps, hurts and a new-born baby have made a dramatic effect on Team Canada's travel roster.

Libero Chris Wolfenden failed to make the squad's first World League of Volleyball trip because a case of the mumps had him quarantined. Setter Mike Munday also missed last week's trip to London, Ont., due to an ankle injury.

Now, Team Canada will embark on its second leg of the series without its best player, Paul Duerden. The power hitter suffered a hip injury in London and missed the second game there, head coach Glenn Hoag revealed yesterday. Not only that but middle blocker Murray Grapentine will remain behind for the first part of the trip because his wife just had a baby and he is still recovering from knee surgery, although he did make the trip to London.

"Paul Duerden will be off for two weeks so, we'll have to go with some younger players," Hoag said. "We hope Paul can join us in Brazil after the two weeks but we want to make sure that Paul will be OK later in the summer."

Quebec's Alexandre Gaumont Casias, who replaced Duerden in London, will start in his place on the first two legs of the trip.

The Canucks leave this morning to play in Korea, June 1-2, Finland, June 8-9 and Brazil, June 22-23.

Wolfenden, however, should be healthy enough to join the squad in Finland while Munday has already recovered enough to depart with the team this morning. And Grapentine is also expected to hook up with his teammates in Brazil.

"Obviously, Mike is a more experienced setter than Brock (Davidiuk who replaced him in London), he just needs to get some matches in now," Hoag said.

"It was a little frustrating not being able to go last week but that happens," said Munday, a local lad who will compete in the World League for the first time. "I'm excited about competing in the World League but the greater good will be to get the team to jell together so we can qualify for the Olympics."

And the team will need a lot of jelling judging from its showing in London, where it split the two games against Finland.

"Obviously, we weren't together very long before those games and it showed," Hoag said. "Even the game we won wasn't a great performance. The second game, we had too many forced errors.

"And we have the worst travel schedule. We're going right around the world and that will be tough."

Munday, however, shrugged off any travel woes.

"We're touching four different continents in three weeks but a little adversity might bring out the best in us," he said. "We can't look at it as a negative."


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