High home court hopes

SCOTT UNGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

Team Canada's men's volleyball team is hoping some home cookin' will help them lay a lickin' on the Koreans in the final weekend of World League play tonight and tomorrow night at the MTS Centre.

Over the past six weeks, the Canucks have been not only across the country, but around the world, playing three teams on three different continents.

"The schedule's been tough, especially for the guys that just finished our pro season, but the level of competition has been worth it," Winnipegger and setter for Team Canada Mike Munday was saying yesterday as Team Canada took part in a jovial workout on the floor of the MTS Centre.

Munday plays professionally overseas in the sporting hub of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With the added World League tour, it hasn't given him much time to enjoy his local investment.

"Me and my wife bought a house here in September and I think the longest we've been in it together is a week," he said.

Canada is in Pool A along with No. 1 on the world Brazil, the 19th-ranked Koreans and Finland, who is the lowest ranked team in the pool at 33, but are second only to Brazil in the standings.

Success hasn't come for Canada in the win column where they have a 1-9 record in the double home-and-home-schedule, but head coach Glenn Hoag is still pleased with the effort he has seen.

"The wins haven't been there, but, given all of our injuries, we've been competitive," he said.

"We aimed to finish second. That can't happen now, but if we win both this weekend we'll finish third."

Hoag added this weekend is the first time since August that he will have his true starting line-up at his disposal.

Canada's only win came against Finland in London, Ont., back on May 25. Since then they have lost nine straight matches and only won four sets. While that is a dark picture, against Brazil last weekend in Mississauga, Ont., Canada lost five of the six sets by four points or less.

From here Munday and the rest of his teammates will head to the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from July 13-29 and Munday can expect plenty more home cooked meals in the near future. The majority of the members of Team Canada will forgo playing professionally next season in order to train together for a chance to earn a spot in the Olympics.

"The trade off is it hurts financially, but it'll be worth it if we get to the Olympics," Munday said.

Today's match starts at 7:30 p.m., while tomorrow's is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.


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