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The Olympic dream: First Stop: Long Beach, CA

Team Canada before a match at the 2010 worlds in Italy (Photo: FIVB)

Time has come for the Canadian men’s volleyball team to fight for a berth at this year's Olympics. Eight teams will vie for a spot in London Games at the Norceca Olympic qualification tournament starting Monday May 7th in Long Beach, California.  The teams competing are: Canada, USA, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica, and Dominican Republic. Team Canada is in pool B with the Cubans, Ricans, and Dominicans. Last time Canada's men’s volleyball team participated at the Games was in Barcelona 1992, placing 10th.

“USA and Cuba are the obvious favorites for this qualifier, but Puerto Rico and Mexico will also have their best players. We are prepared and will approach each match with great care. This is a very important tournament for us since it will be our only chance to reach the Olympic dream” head coach Glenn Hoag said. Only the winner in Long Beach qualifies for the London Olympics.

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NORCECA: Women's 2011 Continental Cup Championship Final

Norceca continental women finals

The 2011 NORCECA Continental Cup Championship wraps up these next couple days down in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Canada finished second in their pool (1-1) behind the United States (2-0). Cuba and Puerto Rico also won their respective pools and did so with a greater margin than the United States securing themselves spots in the semi finals. USA was then sent into the quarter final round where they defeated Mexico 3-0 (25-11, 25-8, 25-19). Canada faced off against Dominican Republic in the other semi final and ended up losing 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-21).

Canada will play Mexico for fifth place in the tournament tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. EST (1:00 p.m. PST) while the two semi final matches take place afterwards.

5th Place Match

Canada Canada vs. Mexico Mexico 1-3 (25-22, 23-25, 18-25, 22-25)

Semi Final Matches

Cuba Cuba vs. USA USA 0-3 (20-25, 17-25, 13-25)
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 0-3 (16-25, 23-25, 22-25)

More matches, results and (hopefully) live streams after the jump.

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NORCECA: Women's 2011 Continental Cup Championship

Norceca continental women

Just as with the men last week, it is now time for the Women's NORCECA Continental Cup Championship.  The winner of this event will going to the FIVB World Cup in Japan a few months from now in November.  This tournament runs from the 12th - 17th of September with three pools of group play beginning tomorrow in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Pool A

Mexico Mexico
Costa Rica Costa Rica
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico

Pool B

Canada Canada
USA United States
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad & Tobago

Pool C

Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
Cuba Cuba
Panama Panama

Check back to Kill on Two for matches, results and scores.

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NORCECA: Men's 2011 Continental Cup Championship

Norceca continental 1

The Canadian Men's Indoor Volleyball Team is currently down in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico competing in the 2011 Men's NORCECA Continental Championship.  They are one of the top 8 teams in the NORCECA region competing in this event that runs from August 29th to September 3rd 2011.  The winner of this event will qualify for the FIVB Volleyball World Cup this November in Japan.  The World Cup is the first event that is part of the London 2012 Olympic qualification.  These eight teams are split up into two pools for pool play before the elimination rounds.  Those pools are:

Group A

Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Canada Canada
Mexico Mexico
Saint Lucia Saint Lucia

Group B

Cuba Cuba
USA USA
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
Costa Rica Costa Rica

Match results and brackets for the elimination round after the jump.

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Women's Pan Am Cup Pool Play (Live Video)

Womens pan am cup

While we are now complete with the Men's Volleyball Pan Am Cup, it is now time for the Women's side of the tournament.  This year, the Women's Volleyball Pan Am Cup is being hosted by Mexico in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and will be running from June 19th through July 10th.  There are twelve teams competing on the women's side of the tournament that have been split into two pools of six.  Pool play will run from July 1st - July 5th with the elimination rounds to follow.  The pools for this event are as follows:

Pool A

Argentina Argentina
Canada Canada
Chile Chile
Cuba Cuba
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
Mexico Mexico

Pool B

Brazil Brazil
Costa Rica Costa Rica
Peru Peru
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
USA United States

Canada's pool play schedule and Live Streams after the jump.

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NORCECA: Dominican Republic Day 2 (Men)

Canada placed themselves in competitive position after a solid Day Two in the Dominican Republic. (photo: chaimschalk.tumblr.com)

Day two of competition in the Dominican Republic featured tight competition between men from Canada, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. The only difference between those nations and those competing in the women's semi-finals was the qualification of Mexico, where the United States qualified for the women. It goes to show that early in the season, these nations have shown, at least amongst NORCECA competition, that they mean business.

The semi-finals had Canada competiting with Puerto Rico, and Mexico against Cuba. The format, as with the women, is a bit different from typical tournaments. Two teams from each nation, an A and B squad, move forward in the tournament together. For example, Canada A-Team plays Puerto Rico B-Team, and Canada B plays Puerto Rico A. After that, both B-Teams compete, followed by the A-Teams competing in the all-important final match (should it still be up for grabs).

Full breakdown of Tuesday's competition and the final's results after the break:

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NORCECA: Dominican Republic Day 2 (Women)

Imara Esteves of Cuba shows the kind of effort that was necessary to compete against the United States in Tuesday competition. (photo: fivb.org)The Olympic Qualifying NORCECA event went into the second day of competition on Tuesday. The format takes two teams from each representing nation, and pit them against two teams from a competing nation, with the winning country sending both teams forward. It's a somewhat different format than usual, which generally includes single teams going on regardless of how their country-mates fare.

Full breakdown of Day 2 results and finals brackets after the jump:

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