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GER W: Canadian derby to highlight CL season’s opener in Dresden

by WoV
source: cev.lu; Photo: cev.lu

On Wednesday Germany’s DRESDNER SC will start their campaign in the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Women playing France’s rookie BEZIERS Volley.



This is the third consecutive participation for DRESDNER SC in Europe’s elite club competition and this year, beside BEZIERS, the players from Saxony are set to play also last year’s silver medallists Rabita BAKU and Russia’s Omichka OMSK REGION.

The match coming up on Wednesday night at Margon Arena will see two Canadian players crossing their ways. They are separated by an age difference of ten years, one is a receiver, the other a middle-blocker. They spent together the last summer with Canada’s national team but on Wednesday Shanice Marcelle and Sherline Tasha Holness won’t be standing on the same side of the net.

This all-Canadian duel will provide some extra flavour to the game opposing DRESDNER SC to BEZIERS Volley.

“It is like any other match but I nevertheless feel quite excited” says Shanice Marcelle.  

The 23-year old Canadian and DRESDNER SC will host France’s vice-champions on Wednesday for the first round of action in Pool A. Shanice Marcelle only got to Dresden a few weeks before the start of the season while Holness is much more experienced.

“She has been playing all over the world and has a lot of experience also in EuropeMarcelle adds about her countrywoman.  

Holness started out playing collegiately in Canada before touring the world with stops in Indonesia, Klagenfurt (Austria), Murcia (Spain), and Baku where she played for Igtisadchi and Rabita. She also played in the German Bundesliga with VC WIESBADEN and after a short break she resumed playing wearing the jersey of 2004 Tomis CONSTANTA of Romania in the CEV Volleyball Champions League. Holness also has 115 caps with Canada’s national team.

“She did not play much this summer but she was a big help for the younger players. She can give advice and she has always been around” Marcelle says about the role currently played by Holness in the national team.  

When she received an offer to play for DRESDNER SC, Shanice discussed this opportunity with her national team head coach Arndt Ludwig and also with Holness.

“She recalled the time she had spent in Wiesbaden and said the people in Germany are very friendly. She also said I was going to love it to play here.”  

Marcelle has been in Dresden for three weeks now.

“A few days ago I had some free time and started exploring the city. Dresden is really beautiful and makes me feel comfortable.

 She played really good last Wednesday as DRESDNER SC played their rivals SCHWERINER SC.

“I never played in front of so many people and so at the beginning I felt quite nervous. But after warming up I started feeling better. I felt calm and relaxed.” 

To read more about this competition check out our CEV Champions League 2013/2014 coverage page.

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