Creston’s Perrin siblings continue to excel in volleyball at world level

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  • Jul. 9, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Prince Charles Secondary School grads Gord and Alicia Perrin continue to make their names in the highest levels of volleyball. Both play on Canadian national teams that have advanced to championship rounds.

“I just talked to Alicia and her team is headed for Kazan, Russia, to play in FISU,” Alicia’s father, Dave Perrin, said on Monday, referring the the International University Sports Federation, a biennial between-Olympics athletic competition in which participants must also be university students.

Meanwhile, Alicia’s older brother, Gord, is playing with Canada’s senior men’s team, which just won the C pool to progress to the finals of the FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball) world league championships in Argentina.

After a shaky start in which Canada split two sets with the Netherlands, Gord’s team rolled over its next four opponents, defeating Portugal, Korea, Finland and Japan. Canada lost only two games — one each to Portugal and Finland—in winning two three-game matches against each. Canada played Japan this week, winning both matches and clinching top spot in the C Pool.

“Right now Gord is 12th in scoring among all players, but not all of the A and B pool games have been played, so he will probably drop down a bit,” Dave said. “But he’s played tremendously well.”

In Argentina, which brings all pool winners into the finals, Canada “will be going up against pretty much the best in the world.”

Alicia is one of 12 Canada senior women’s volleyball women who are representing their country at FISU in Russia. Algeria has dropped out of the foursome including Canada, leaving Alicia’s team with only Norway and Brazil to play in its grouping.