It's not this author's game, but a hat-tip is due Russ Paddock for guiding the Brandon Bobcats to the men's volleyball nationals in the just the program's fourth season of existence.
Brandon is seeded No. 4 in Edmonton this week, not too shabby for such a young program. Paddock, the former Manitoba Bisons star who also played for Canada's 1992 Olympic team, cast his net far and wide for talent, relying heavily on Australian Paul Sanderson, the team's leading scorer. Another Aussie, Luke Reynolds, comes off the bench, but by and large the Bobcats' core group is Westman players, products of a vibrant volleyball culture throughout Manitoba. Brandon also made the nationals after losing one of their best players, Maverick Hatch, to a national beach volleyball program.
Streaming Sports Network Canada will webcast both the bronze and gold-medal games on Sunday from Edmonton.