World Champs: Canada Announces Roster

World Champs: Canada Announces Roster

Team Canada has announced their roster for the 2018 World Championships in Italy & Bulgaria starting on September 12th.

Returns from Injury: Gord Perrin (Outside), Sharone Vernon-Evans (Opposite)

Injured: Ryley Barnes (Outside)

Outsides

Headlining the roster is the return of Gord Perrin (Creston, BC) for the first time in 2018. Perrin’s been a cornerstone of the roster for a numbers of years and helped the Maple Volleys to a best-ever 7th placed finish in 2014 and Captained the team to their best-ever finish in the World League with a Bronze medal in 2017. Dominant in system, crafty in transition and solid in serve receive, at his best, he’s one of the best in the world.

Stephen Maar (Aurora, ON) is gearing up for his first World Championships. The powerful McMaster Marauder opened eyes in Italy and last year in the World League is gaining a name for hammering balls through the block. The 12th best scorer in this summer’s Nation League, Maar will carry a bulk of the load.

Nicholas Hoag (Sherbrooke, QC), one of the slickest players in the world is no stranger to the big stage. Starting at just 21-years old, he’s grown into one of the cornerstones of the roster. Time and time again he’s come through with big plays, and there’s little down

Jason DeRocco (Wiinnipeg, MB) is the glue that keeps it all together. The Manitoba native has had a few great seasons in the Polish Liga and has been a consistent contributor in the 2017 World League and 2018 Nations League. A canon arm makes him deadly from the baseline and even more lethal from the back row.

The reality is that any four of these guys could step up and carry the team at any point. With the gruelling schedule, the full rotation will be in use, and it’s likely we’ll see all four step up at some point or another.

Opposites

The other notable return is 19-year old Sharone Vernon-Evans (Scarborough, ON). One of the big stories at the 2018 World League, he suffered in injury playing for Warsaw last season. Undergoing surgery in March - he got some solid reps throughout the two tune-up tournaments the team played in Poland and Slovenia, but the jury’s still out if he’s 100% healthy.

We’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg with Vernon-Evans, but if his 12’6.6” touch is any indication - we could be in for some of the same fireworks we saw in last year’s World League Final. With length that can only be compared to Kevin Durant, he’s a shut-down blocker who can cause nightmares for even the worlds elite. While his length in one thing - his natural volleyball IQ is surprising for someone his age. H

Paired up with Ryan Sclater - (Port Coquitlam, BC), the Maple Volleys have the ability to run two different looks depending who’s sitting on the right. The former Trinity Western Spartan showed his chops this summer during the Nations League - including a breakout weekend in Argentina that included a win over Italy. At 6’6 - Sclater is smaller on the right but runs it fast and has a lightning fast arm-swing. His speed will open up holes Sharone won’t have - forcing teams to change their game plans on the fly.

Liberos

Blair Bann (Edmonton, AB) is one of the most fun players to watch in volleyball. With an infectious attitude, Bann is the energizer bunny that won’t stop and can be seen keeping plays alive game in and game out. The Best Libero of the 2017 World League - Bann has the respect of servers and attackers everywhere.

From the left to the right, now on to libero, Steven Marshall (Abbotsford, BC) can do it all. A natural athlete who’s known for his exceptional ball control - this former Spartan will be sure to frustrate a hitter or two in Bulgaria.

Roster

#1 TJ Sanders | Setter - London, ON

#2 Gord Perrin | Outside - Creston, BC

#3 Steven Marshall | Libero - Abbotsford, BC

#4 Nicholas Hoag | Outside - Sherbrooke, QC

#5 Lucas Van Berkel | Middle - Edmonton, AB

#7 Stephen Maar | Outside - Aurora, ON

#8 Jay Blankenau | Setter - Sherwood Park, AB

#9 Jason Derocco | Outside - Winnipeg, MB

#10 Sharone Vernon-Evans | Opposite - Scarborough, ON

#11 Dan Jansen van Doorn | Middle - Langley, BC

#16 Ryan Sclater | Oppodsite - Port Coquitlam, BC

#17 Graham Vigrass | Middle - Calgary, AB

#19 Blair Bann | Libero - Edmonton, AB

#20 Arthur Szwarc | Middle - Toronto, ON


Middles

The middle of the court will be patrolled by the same group that held down the fort during the Nations League. Graham Vigrass (Calgary, AB) will be the guy that controls is all. One of the best in business - Vigrass has too many tools to count. He reads setter like kids books and closes blocks like a glass door. His 13th-best 22 blocks in the Nations League is expected - while his 5th best 15 aces is the cherry on top. It’s not many middles that can lead a team in scoring - but that seems to be a regular occurence for Vigrass.

A pair of University teammates are sure to make an impact in their first World Championships. Dan Jansen van Doorn (Langley, BC) & Lucas van Berkel (Edmonton, AB) will go toe-to-toe with anyone. Dan JVD had a breakout Olympics and makes timely plays, and Lucas seems to show up just when you need him. Both will be seeing significant time and will need to come up big.

Arthur Szwarc (Toronto, ON) is a high-flier with the physicality to play with the best in the world. He’s still a little green - but watch out for bombs when he does come in.

Setters

Four years ago in Poland, TJ Sanders (London, ON) solidified himself as one of the up and coming setters to watch. Going into Bulgaria, there’s no doubt he’s reached that point. Not known for his flash, Sanders is known to be a magician at spreading the offence like butter on toast. His vision is among the elite, and the rhythm at which he runs the offence opens holes in even the best defence. On top of that, his leadership might be one of of biggest assets. Calm and analytical, his demeanour has pulled this team through more than a couple long matches.

If Jay Blankenau (Sherwood Park, AB) is on the court, make sure you’ve got your phone ready because you’re sure to see something you’ll like. From one-handed sets to his ability to go on-two, the Calgary Dino makes any hitter dangerous.

FIVB: Canadians Harvest FIVB Beach Awards

FIVB: Canadians Harvest FIVB Beach Awards

Summer is fading as we move on to fall, and the 2018 beach season is over - and it's awards time. A trio of Canadians - Melissa Humaña-Paredes, Brandie Wilkerson, and Heather Bansley have all been recognized by the FIVB as being at the top of their class.

Heather Bansley - Best Defensive Player

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For the third time in four years, Heather Bansley is the Best Defensive Player in the FIVB. This doesn't come to a surprise to anyone as Bansley has made a living and scrambling around in the back row since her days as a Varsity Blue - but this year it was on full-force as it propelled her to a career-best No. 4 Rank in the FIVB World Rankings. 

At this point - Bansley is cementing herself as the best Canadian Defender of All-Time - of either gender. As the only one to ever win the award - let alone three - she's basically in a class of her own at this point. When you consider she's won the award with two different partners - you really 

 lol good luck

 

 

Brandie Wilkerson - Best Blocker

It was honestly just matter of time until Brandie Wilkerson won this award as there's little doubt she has the biggest block on tour - pretty much as certain as hearing the "My Block" song while she's playing centre court. In only her second full-season on the World Tour - Wilkerson is now one of the most feared blockers on tour - and she'll let you know when she gets you. 

We may be biased, but Brandie could have also won the Most Improved Player of the Year Award (No offence to to Australia's Mariafe Artacho del Solar). Her dominance at the net makes even the best hitters pull out the roll shot - only to have it swatted back. 

Melissa Humaña-Paredes - Best Setter

Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, and now Best Setter - Melissa Humaña-Paredes is just collecting them all. Her third award is her first skill-based nod - and there's little doubt Melissa is one of the silkiest setters in the world. In system or in transition, on the net net or off, her dynamic setting opens up the offence.

The most impressive part of her game however

MNT: Ljubljana Volleyball Challenge

MNT: Ljubljana Volleyball Challenge

The Maple Volleys are in Ljubljana, Slovenia for their last preparations before the World Championships to take on Slovenia, the United States and Iran before they head to Bulgaria.

After going 0-3 at the Hubert Wagner Memorial Tournament in Poland, Team Canada is looking get in the win column before the big dance starts up next week. 

Schedule

Thursday September 6th

🇸🇮Slovenia def. 🇨🇦Canada | 3-1 (27-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20)

Friday September 7th

🇨🇦Canada vs. 🇺🇸United States - 11:00 a.m. ET / 8:00 a.m. PT

Saturday September 8th

🇨🇦Canada vs. 🇮🇷Iran - 3:15 p.m. ET / 12:15 p.m. PT

Roster

#1 TJ Sanders | Setter - London, ON

#2 Gord Perrin | Outside - Creston, BC

#3 Steven Marshall | Libero - Abbotsford, BC

#4 Nicholas Hoag | Outside - Sherbrooke, QC

#5 Lucas Van Berkel | Middle - Edmonton, AB

#7 Stephen Maar | Outside - Aurora, ON

#8 Jay Blankenau | Setter - Calgary, AB

#9 Jason Derocco | Outside - Winnipeg, MB

#10 Sharone Vernon-Evans | Opposite - Scarborough, ON

#11 Dan Jansen van Doorn | Middle - Langley, BC

#16 Ryan Sclater | Oppodsite - Port Coquitlam, BC

#17 Graham Vigrass | Middle - Calgary, AB

#19 Blair Bann | Libero - Edmonton, AB

#20 Arthur Szwarc | Middle - Toronto, ON

#26 Eric Loeppky | Outside - Steinbach, MB

Men's Pan Am Cup

Men's Pan Am Cup

Pool A

🇨🇺Cuba

🇲🇽Mexico

🇨🇱Chile

🇬🇹Guatemala

Pool B

🇨🇦Canada

🇧🇷Brazil

🇨🇴Columbia

🇩🇴Dominican Republic

Pool C

🇺🇸United States

🇦🇷Argentina

🇵🇷Puerto Rico

🇵🇪Peru

Schedule

August 28th

🇨🇦Canada def. 🇨🇴Columbia | 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-22, 25-22)

August 29th

🇨🇦Canada def. 🇩🇴Dominican Republic | 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 25-16)

August 30th

🇧🇷Brazil def. 🇨🇦Canada | 3-0 (25-20, 25-15,  25-23)

August 31st

🇨🇦Canada vs. 🇨🇺Cuba | 8:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 p.m. PT

Watch the 2018 Pan Am Cup LIVE on internet.tv!

*Subcription costs $13.00 USD for tournament pass.

Roster

  • #1 Jeremy Davies (L) - Calgary, AB | Team Lakappa (Finland)
  • #3 Logan Brenan (L) - Bragg Creek, AB | Winnipeg Wesmen
  • #4 Pearson Eshenko (MB) - Banff, AB | TWU Spartans
  • #5 Blake Sheerhorn (OP) - Bellevillem ON | Indykpol AZS Olsztyn (Poland)
  • #6 Justin Duff (MB) - Winnipeg, MB |
  • #7 Danny Demyanenko (MB) - Toronto, ON | Spacers Toulouse (France)
  • #8 Andrew Richards (OH) - London, ON | McMaster Marauders
  • #9 Terrel Bramwell (OP) - Mississauga, ON | 
  • #12 Daenen Gyimah (MB) - Scarborough, ON | UCLA Bruins
  • #17 Jackson Howe (MB) - Calgary, AB | TWU Spartans
  • #21 Brett Walsh (S) - Calgary, AB | Knack Roselare (Belgium) 
  • #22 Brandon Koppers (OH) - Georgetown, ON | Zaksa Kedzierzyn-Kozle (Poland)
  • #24 Byron Keturakis (S) - Surrey, BC | Narbonne Volley (France)

Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humaña-Paredes | VOTE for Performance of the Year!

Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humaña-Paredes | VOTE for Performance of the Year!

Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humaña-Paredes of are up for Performance of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Sport Awards!

The pair had a historic season - not only capturing first-ever Gold Medal in Beach Volleyball at the Commonwealth Games, but also by being the first Canadian team to be ranked #1 in the World and also capturing the Gstaad 5-Star in Switzerland!

Sarah and Melissa made history, fighting off set point 20-19 in the final set against the home favourite Australians, to win the inaugural beach volleyball event at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In reaching the final, the Canadian women did not drop a set and gave up just 77 points in five matches.

NORCECA: Women's U18 Championships

NORCECA: Women's U18 Championships

The women's Youth National team is competing at the 2018 U18 NORCECA Continental Championships for a spot at the 2019 FIVB U18 World Championships next year in Egypt. 

It's been a long time since Canada has had a women's Junior or Youth program competing at the NORCECA level. It's a big first step when looking at the bigger of the women's National team - but for now we get a chance to look at some of the stars of tomorrow. There's one thing for sure - this is a very young team, with a roster made up of many athletes going into their 16U and 17U season's of club. 

Another interesting thing when looking at this team is the utter lack of national diversity on the roster. Of the 12 athletes dressing, only Vancouver's Katarina Pantovic comes from outside of Ontario. The other 11 athletes all come from just five clubs in Southern Ontario. 

It's pretty much impossible to put any expectations on a team competing Internationally for the first time - at a pool alongside powerhouses Cuba and Dominican Republic will be a big test for this young team. Despite the heavy pool - a Top 4 finish is definitely possible.  

 

Pools

Schedule

August 27th

🇨🇺Cuba def. 🇨🇦Canada | 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-20)

August 28th

🇩🇴Dominican Republic def. 🇨🇦Canada | 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-19)

August 29th

🇨🇦Canada def. 🇨🇷Costa Rica | 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-13)

August 30th

Quarterfinals: 🇨🇦Canada def. 🇭🇳Honduras | 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-16)

August 31st

Semi-Finals: 🇨🇦Canada vs. 🇨🇺Cuba - 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT

Pool A

🇨🇦Canada

🇨🇺Cuba

🇩🇴Dominican Republic

🇨🇷Costa Rica

*Live stream pass can be purchased for $8 USD on Internet.tv

Pool B

🇺🇸United States

🇳🇮Nicaragua

🇭🇳Honduras

🇧🇧Barbados

Roster

  • #1 Katerina Georgiadis (L) - Scarborough, ON | Scarborough Titans Volleyball Club
  • #2 Katarina Pantovic (OH) - Vancouver, BC | UBC Thunderbirds
  • #3 Phoenix Lee (S) - Oakville, ON | Halton Hurricanes Volleyball Club
  • #4 Hannah Duchesneau (OP) - Sharon, ON | Storm Volleyball Club
  • #6 Maya Cerantola (MB) - Oakville, ON | Halton Volleyball Club
  • #7 Raekelle Powell (OH) - Scarborough, ON | Scarborough Titans
  • #8 Lauren Pastor (S) - Toronto, ON | Pakmen Volleyball Club
  • #9 Sasha Van Der Merwe (OP) - Guelph, ON | Halton Hurricanes Volleyball Club
  • #10 Amanda Siksna (MB) - Markham, ON | Storm Volleyball Club
  • #11 Emma McKinnon (OH) - Milton, ON | Halton Hurricanes Volleyball Club
  • #14 Anna Smrek (MB) - Welland, ON | Defensa Volleyball Club
  • #15 Madyson Saris (OH) - Burlington, ON | Defensa Volleyball Club

NORCECA: Men's U21 Championships

NORCECA: Men's U21 Championships

The Junior National team is competing at the NORCECA U21 Continental Championships in Havana, Cuba for a spot in next year's U21 FIVB World Championships. The First Place team from this event will qualify for the World Championships.

There's no doubt this team is young - only two players on the roster (Fynn McCarthy & Alex Nsakanda) having previous post-secondary experience. However, that does not mean this team is going to Havana untested - as the majority of the athletes have trained with the Youth  National Team in past seasons and have competed at events like the U.S. High Performance Championships - while bringing down the Canada Games age to 18U last season provided meaningful competition to those who will be wearing the Maple Leaf for the first time. 

While McCarthy will bring experience in the middle - there's a few more standouts to look out for. The outside positions will most likely be filled by a pair of physical BC boys - both Michael Dowhaniuk (UBC) and Brodie Hofer (TWU) bring a physical presence and solid ball control while 18U Nationals MVP Xander Ketrzynski (Ryerson) will be handful for any team in the opposite position. Holding down the libero position is one of the most promising standouts we've seen in years: Justin Lui (Stanford).

The big question for this team will be the setting positions as the team opted to go with the younger pair of Mathias Elser (NEP) and Maximine St-Denis (CÉGEP de l'Outaouais) to run the offence - leaving Calgary Dino Thomas Sora off the list - the only setter on the roster with uSports experience. For Elser, who still has another year of 18U left, this will be his second international event of the summer as he competed with the Youth National Team at the U.S. High Performance Championships earlier this summer.  

    Pools

    Pool A

    🇨🇺Cuba

    🇩🇴Dominican Repulic

    🇬🇹Guatemala

    🇧🇧Barbados

    Pool B

    🇨🇦Canada

    🇺🇸United States

    🇳🇮Nicaragua

    🇭🇹Haïti

    Schedule

    August 27th

    🇨🇦Canada def. 🇭🇹Haïti | 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-18)

    August 28th

    🇨🇦Canada def. 🇳🇮Nicaragua | 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-15)

    August 29th

    🇺🇸United States def. 🇨🇦Canada | 3-1 (25-14, 23-25, 25-23, 26-24)

    August 30th - Quarterfinals

     🇨🇦Canada vs. 🇧🇧Barbados | 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-20)

    August 31st - Semi-Finals

    🇨🇦Canada vs. 🇨🇺Cuba - 6:00 p.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. PT

    Unfortunately - there's no live stream for this event as Cuba lacks internet. 

    Roster

    • #2 Matthew Neaves (MB) - Calgary, AB | UBC Thunderbords
    • #3 Michael Dowhaniuk (OH) - Surrey, BC | UBC Thunderbirds
    • #5 Luis Lange (MB) - Calgary, AB | MRU Cougars
    • #6 Mathias Elser (S) - Calgary, AB | Team Canada NEP
    • #8 Justin Lui (L) - Durham, ON | Stanford Cardinal
    • #10 Brodie Hofer (OH) - Langley, BC | TWU Spartans
    • #11 Fynn McCarthy (MB) - 
    • #12 Alexandre Nsakanda (OP) - Ottawa, ON | UC Irvine Anteaters
    • #13 Braedon Friesen (OH) - Swift Current, SK | Alberta Golden Bears
    • #14 Xander Ketrzynski (OP) - Toronto, ON | Ryerson Rams
    • #15 Coltyn Liu (OH) - Vancouver, BC | UBC Thunderbirds
    • #20 Maxime St-Denis (S) - Ottawa, ON | CEGEP de l'Outaouais Griffons

    Coaches

    • Head Coach: Joao Paulo Bravo
    • Assistant Coach: Adam Simac
    • Assistant Coach: Shayne White
    • Team Manager: Mélanie Desrochers
    • Team Statistician: Daniel Cuzmar-Grimalt
    • Athletic Therapist: Seadon Pereira

    FIVB: World Tour Finals

    FIVB: World Tour Finals

    One last tournament remains in the 2018 FIVB World Tour season - and it's all coming to a close in Hamburg, Germany at World Tour Finals. The Top 12 Men's and Women's teams compete for this year's largest prize: $150,000 and the crown of World Tour Champs. 

    To no one's surprise - both teams of Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes (World No. 4) and Heather Bansley & Brandie Wilkerson (World No. 5) have qualified for the finals. 

    Despite having attended all three editions of The Finals - no Canadian team has ever reached the podium, having finished fourth in all three years. Sarah & Heather finished just off the podium in Ft. Lauderdale in 2015, Ben Saxton & Chaim Schalk got close at home in Toronto in 2016, and Mel & Sarah came home empty handed last year in Gstaad.

    Women's Pools - Click to Enlarge

    Men's Pools - Click to Enlarge

    Schedule

    Wednesday August 15th

    🇦🇺Artacho Del Solar/Clancy def. 🇨🇦Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes - 21-16, 21-19

    🇨🇦Heather Bansley & Brandie Wilkerson def. 🇳🇱Meppelink/Keizer - 21-16, 21-19

    Thursday August 16th

    🇨🇦Heather Bansley & Brandie Wilkerson def. 🇧🇷Carol/Maria Antonelli - 21-17, 21-16

    🇧🇷Agatha/Duda def. 🇨🇦Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes vs.  - 21-19, 21-15

    Friday August 17th

    🇨🇦Heather Bansley & Brandie Wilkerson def. 🇺🇸Hughes/Ross - 22-20, 21-14, 15-10

    🇨🇦Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes def. 🇨🇿Hermannova/Slukova - 21-17, 21-19

    🇨🇦Heather Bansley & Brandie Wilkerson vs. 🇩🇪Laboureur/Sude - 12:00 p.m. ET | COURT 1

    🇨🇦Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes vs. 🇩🇪Bieneck/Schneider - 1:00 p.m. ET | COURT 1

     

    All matches can be viewed live & on-demand on the Beachstream for € 4.99 incl. taxes. Watch it online or download the BeachMajors App to watch it on your phone or tablet!

    Player Profiles

    Heather Bansley

    Brandie Wilkerson

    Melissa Humana-Paredes

    Sarah Pavan

    FIVB: Moscow 4-Star

    FIVB: Moscow 4-Star

    The 2018 FIVB World Tour season is coming to a close, and the world's best move on to Moscow for the final event before the World Tour Finals in Hamburg. 

    Two Canadian teams will be competing trying to bounce back from season-worst results across the board in Vienna where not one team made it into the Top Ten - a first for the 2018 season. Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes are looking to bounce back from a season-worst 17th to get geared up for next week's Hamburg World Tour Finals - while Ben Saxton & Grant O'Gorman are looking to finish off their first season together on a high note. 

    Thursday August 8th

    🇨🇦Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes def. 🇷🇺Syrtseva/Moiseeva - 21-16, 21-10

    🇷🇺Krasilnikov/Liamin def. 🇨🇦Ben Saxton & Grant O'Gorman  - 21-18, 21-14

    🇨🇦Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes def. 🇫🇮Lahti/Parkkinen - 21-19, 21-14

    Friday August 9th

    🇨🇦Ben Saxton & Grant O'Gorman vs. 🇱🇹Rumsevicius/Kazdailis - TBD

    FIVB: Canadian Women Fizzle in Vienna

    FIVB: Canadian Women Fizzle in Vienna

    Ouch - that one hurt!

    It was a rough day for the Canadian women at the Vienna 5-Star as they go a collective 1-5 in the Main Draw. Here's what happened in Vienna.

    Pool A

    Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humaña-Paredes are the only women's team left standing after going 1-1 in Pool A today. They opened the first match of the tournament against hometown wildcard Nadine Strauss and Franziska Friedl (No. 97) in straight sets. Next up was the newly crowned European Champs Madelein Meppelink and Sanne Keizer - and the Dutchies were out to prove their crown was no fluke as they brought down the No. 1 team in the world in straight sets.

    Sarah & Mel will be taking on Makroguzova/Kholomina of Russia - the young team that eliminated Heather and Brandie, in the Main Draw.

    🇨🇦 Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humaña-Paredes def. 🇦🇹 Strauss/Freidl- 21-17, 21-11

    🇳🇱 Keizer/Meppelink def. 🇨🇦 Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humaña-Paredes - 24-22, 21-14

    Next Game:  🇨🇦 Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humaña-Paredes vs. 🇷🇺 Makroguzova/Kholomina - 7:30 a.m. ET / 4:30 a.m. PT | COURT 4

    Pool B

    Heather Bansley & Brandie Wilkerson have hands down been of the hottest teams on tour this summer - rocketing up the World Rankings to a No. 2 ranking. After six-straight top-five finishes and a Bronze in Gstaad - they're heading home after dropiing four-straight sets to Italy's Marta Menegatti & Victoria Orsi Toth (No. 184) and the 21-year olds from Russia, Svetlana Kholomina and Nadezda Makroguzova. They finish 25th - their first time outside of the top ten since their 25th in Xiamen in April.

    Note: Italy's Victoria Orsi Toth is in her second game back after a two-year ban for testing positive for banned substances before the 2016 Rio Olympics.  

    🇮🇹 Menegatti/Orsi Toth def. 🇨🇦 Heather Bansley & Brandie Wilkerson - 21-16, 21-18

    🇷🇺 Makroguzova/Kholomina def. 🇨🇦 Heather Bansley & Brandie Wilkerson - 21-19, 21-18

    Pool F

    It was a pool of death for Jamie Broder & Taylor Pischke with some of the worlds alongside them in Pool F. After a gritty win over Sinnema/Bloem of the Netherlands in Qualification - they opened the Main Draw pushing the USA's April Ross and Alix Klineman (No. 28) to a third set and then falling in two-straight to Germany's Victoria Bieneck and Isabel Schneider (No. 7). They finish 25th. 

    🇺🇸 Ross/Klineman def. 🇨🇦 Jamie Broder & Taylor Pischke - 19-21, 21-12, 15-8

    🇩🇪 Bieneck/Schneider def. 🇨🇦 Jamie Broder & Taylor Pischke - 21-17, 21-14

    Men Get Started on Thursday

    The men's Main Draw gets started on Thursday as we saw a rare two-day qualification round. Ben Saxton and Grant O'Gorman grinded throught to qualify - taking down teams from Austria and Argentina. 

    Round 1: 🇨🇦 Ben Saxton & Grant O’Gorman def. 🇦🇹 Schnetzer/Müllner - 21-17, 21-18

    Round 2: 🇨🇦 Ben Saxton & Grant O’Gorman def. 🇦🇷 Capogrosso/Azaad - 21-14, 18-21, 15-9

    They join Sam Schachter and Sam Pedlow in the Main Draw - Ben and Grant kick things off against Poland's Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak the current World No. 1. Sam & Sam will have a battle of their own - facing off with hometown favourites (and their training partners from last week) Clemens Doppler and Alex Horst. Things are going to get hot real quick for the men!

    🇨🇦 Ben Saxton & Grant O’Gorman vs. 🇵🇱 Kantor/Losiak - 5:30 a.m. ET / 2:30 a.m. PT | COURT 3

    🇨🇦 Sam Schachter & Sam Pedlow vs. 🇦🇹 Doppler/Horst - 5:30 a.m. ET / 2:30 a.m. PT | COURT 1

    FIVB: Vienna 5-Star

    FIVB: Vienna 5-Star

    The final 5-Star event of 2018 is here, and Vienna is once again ready to host the world! Last year, we saw the Austrian Capital put on a show for the World Championships - and they're ready to do it all again in 2018! 

    With Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humaña Paredes ranked #1 in the World, and Heather Bansley & Brandie Wilkerson right on their heels in the second position - all eyes are on the Canadian women to see if they can repeat the double-podium we saw in Gstaad. 

    Tuesday July 31st

    Qualification

    Round 1: 🇨🇦 Ben Saxton & Grant O’Gorman def. 🇦🇹 Schnetzer/Müllner - 21-17, 21-18

    Round 2: 🇨🇦 Jamie Booder & Taylor Pischke def. 🇳🇱 Sinnema/Bloem - 23-21, 19-21, 16-14

    Wednesday August 1st

    Main Draw

    🇨🇦 Heather Bansley & Brandie Wilkerson vs. 🇮🇹 Menegatti/Orsi Toth - 3:30 a.m. ET / 12:30 a.m PT | COURT 2

    🇨🇦 Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humaña-Paredes vs. 🇦🇹 Strauss/Freidl- 4:30 a.m. ET / 1:30 a.m PT | COURT 2

    🇨🇦 Jamie Broder & Taylor Pischke vs. 🇦🇹 Strauss/Freidl- 5:30 a.m. ET / 2:30 a.m PT | COURT 4

    Qualification

    Round 2: 🇨🇦 Ben Saxton & Grant O’Gorman vs. 🇦🇷 Capogrosso/Azaad - 8:30 a.m. ET / 5:30 a.m. PT

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    FIVB: Tokyo 3-Star

    FIVB: Tokyo 3-Star

    Men

    🇨🇦 Ben Saxton & Grant O’Gorman - Main Draw - Rank #1

    🇨🇦 Cam Wheelan & Jake Macneil - Qualification - Rank #7

    🇨🇦 Liam Kopp & Will Hoey - Qualification - Rank #10

    Women

    🇨🇦 Julie Gordon & Sophie Bukovec - Main Draw - Rank #20

    🇨🇦 Charlotte Sider & Marie-Christine Lapointe -  Qualification - Rank #3

    🇨🇦 Megan McNamara & Nicole McNamara - Qualification - Rank #5

    FIVB: Gstaad 5-Star

    FIVB: Gstaad 5-Star

    Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humaña-Paredes

    Game 1: 2-0 W vs. 🇨🇭 Calouri/Gerson - 21-14, 21-11

    Game 2-0 W vs. 🇩🇪 Behrens/Ittlinger - 22-20, 21-12

    Heather Bansley & Brandie Wilkerson

    Game 1: 2-0 W vs. 🇳🇴 Olimstad/Ulveseth 21-10, 21-16

    Game 2: 2-1 W vs. 🇨🇭 Bertschart/Hüberli - 24-26, 27-25, 15-13

    Sam Schachter & Sam Pedlow

    Game 1: 2-1 W vs. 🇧🇷 Bruno/Pedro - 21-19, 18-21, 15-12

    Game 2: 1-2 L vs. 🇳🇱 Brouwer/Meeuwsen - 22-24, 21-17, 15-17

    Round 1: 1-2 L vs. 🇮🇹 Nicolai/Lupo - 21-17, 15-21, 9-15