Marshall heads to the Pan Am Games

Abbotsford volleyball star will kick off 11-day event with Team Canada this Friday against Mexico.

Abbotsford’s Steve Marshall will be taking the court with the Canadian men’s team this Friday when the volleyball competition at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games kicks off.

Abbotsford’s Steve Marshall will be taking the court with the Canadian men’s team this Friday when the volleyball competition at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games kicks off.

Abbotsford’s Steve Marshall will be taking the court with the Canadian men’s team this Friday when the volleyball competition at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games kicks off.

The Canadians will face Mexico in their tournament opener on Friday, July 17 and will then go up against Puerto Rico July 19 and the U.S., July 21.

The volleyball event runs until July 26.

Other national teams competing in the event are Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, and Colombia.

In the 2011 Pan Am Games, the Canadian men’s team finished last in their group and sixth overall with a 1-2 record. Brazil claimed gold against Cuba, and Argentina secured the bronze.

Marshall has been taking on a greater role with the Canadian men’s team, most recently in the FIVB Volleyball World League 2015.

Marshall first tasted action with the Canadian squad against Bulgaria in May, notching five points and one block on three attempts.

Marshall then exploded against Argentina in Canada’s second game against the South American squad, notching a team-high 20 points, winning 17 spikes on 33 attempts and two blocks in a losing endeavour.

The outside hitter followed up with strong performances through June, against Bulgaria, and secured a team high in points in both games against Cuba. The ex-Trinity Western volleyballer then topped the team in points once more versus Argentina.

As part of Pool C, Canada finished third going up against Cuba, Bulgaria and Argentina over the course of six weeks, finishing with a 6-6 record.

The 26-year-old Marshall played with Polish team Transfer Bydogoszcz last year, and has notched nine caps with the national team.