The women’s National team is in Peru at the FIVB Challenger Cup, looking to grab a spot in the 2020 Nations League. Six teams have qualified from their respective federations, but with only one spot available, the competition is guaranteed to be fierce.
The Lady Maples qualified earlier this summer in Chateauguay, Quebec after defeating Mexico and Puerto Rico. A berth in the VNL would be a massive step forward for the program under new Head Coach Tom Black, but will have to have their best performance to date if they are to do so. Alongside Chinese Tapei and Argentina in Pool B, other tournament favourites include the Czech Republic and Croatia in Pool A. To win, they will probably have to go through both CEV Gold League finalists in the semis and finals.
While the VNL might be a lofty goal in some people’s eyes - the Challenger Cup could be a breakout event for the Lady Maples.
#1 Jessie Niles, Turner Valley, AB
#2 Autumn Bailey, Burlington, ON
#3 Kiera Van Ryk, Surrey, BC
#4 Kyla Richey (C), Roberts Creek, B.C.
#5 Danielle Smith, Beaverlodge, AB
#8 Alicia Ogoms, Winnipeg, MB
#9 Alexa Gray, Calgary, AB
#11 Andrea Mitrovic, Mississauga, ON
#12 Jennifer Cross, Scarborough, ON
#16 Shainah Joseph, Ottawa, ON
#17 Kristen Moncks, Standard, AB
#20 Alicia Perrin, Creston, BC
#22 Megan Cyr, St. Andrews, MB
#23 Emily Maglio, Coquitlam, BC