NORCECA: Beach Volleyball Continental Cup

Norceca continental cup london 2012

Today marks the beginning of the 2012 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Continental Cup.  This tournament is a chance for Canada to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games for beach volleyball.  The 16 team tournament takes place from June 21st - 23rd, 2012 in Mazatlan, Mexico.  Canada has two men's and two women's teams down in Mazatlan.

Canadian Men's Teams in Mazatlan

Canada Saxton-Redmann
Canada Binstock-Reader

Canadian Women's Teams in Mazatlan

Canada Lessard-Martin
Canada Bansley-Maloney

All four Canadian teams have a good chance of qualifying as they regularly play on the FIVB World Tour and are ranked the highest when compared to all other teams in this tournament.  There is some question as to the readiness of Elizabeth Maloney and Heather Bansley.  Two weeks ago, my money would have been on them to qualify for London at this tournament.  Last week, the pair forfeited all three of their pool play matches in Rome.  From what I understand a nagging injury came up in a practice session and they decided to rest up for this tournament.  This was the smart move as opposed to possibly making the injury worse if they were to play.

As always, we will be providing matches, results and live streams (if available) for this event.  Usually live streaming for NORCECA events from Mexico has been very limited.  Hopefully due to the nature of this event, there might be some better options for following along live.