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

    BEACH: Redmann Retires from International Competition

    BEACH: Redmann Retires from International Competition

    After 15 years of international competition Christian Redmann has decided to retire internationally from beach volleyball. I add in internationally because we will see him at the OVA Grand Slam June 24-25 in Toronto. We will hopefully see him at other Canadian events such as the Vancouver Open, Centre of Gravity or a Cliver in the near future. Christian’s FIVB career includes over 90 events played, a 9th place finish at the 2009 World Championships, Norceca Championships, and 2 Volleyball Canada National Championships.

    Christian’s international career started in 2002 when he partnered with Chris Simek. The pair traveled to Italy for World Championships, finishing 5th. Simek and Redmann began playing in Chris’s back yard where they would battle for hours playing variations of short court. It’s really impressive that two athletes from Oro Station, Ontario started competing in the backyard and would go on to represent Canada at the highest level.

     

    “I would say that Christian is an extremely inspiring individual. I will never forget our juvenile boys tryout for Georgian Cubs where the coach cut Christian from the team for not being tall enough or athletic enough. He has always been underestimated and overlooked. I feel that those experiences drove him to become the exceptional athlete he is. From the time I was fortunate enough to become friends with Christian he has been extremely determined to be the best volleyball player he could. His drive and determination has proven to me that anything is possible if you want it enough. He accomplished some amazing things because he refused to give up and always worked harder than those that were told had more potential. I am extremely proud to have seen him succeed at the highest level and accomplish his dreams of competing and achieving success at the highest level. I wish him the best in his future with Dominique and couldn't be prouder to see a close friend become an ultimate pro in a sport he has dedicated his life to.”
    – Chris Simek

     

    “I feel very fortunate and privileged that I've had the opportunity to play for as long as I have and to have so many incredible experiences and lessons. There are some people that I really need to thank for all the time and e for they have put in over the years.

    First my wife for always supporting me and believing in me and for taking care of so many things alone while I was away for training and traveling for tournaments not to mention being my team Dr. 

    Myparents and my brother who always allowed me to follow my dream and taught me so many lessons growing up that helped me be able to do what I loved to do.

    Thomas Lam and the whole team at FITS. Thomas is really amazing at what he does, he is definitely the best, and always he working hard in the gym to make up for what I lacked in size.

    Hernan Humana for all the coaching and wisdom he passed on over the last couple years.

    Manny Frantzis for always making time to treat me and lots of nutrition and health advice. There is a reason they call him a magician.

    Ryan Scott or also always making time for me and making sure my shoulder wasn't going to fall off. I'm not sure how he did it but I couldn'tbelieve the reliefI had when I left his place.  

    JP Pawliw Fry for helping me on the mental game in sports and in life.

    Chris Simek who I grew up and always looked up to as a player, still to this one of the best players I have ever seen. He always game ready to win and never took days off when he was on the court. Probably the most competitive guy I've ever seen play. I think in all the years we played 1 on 1 games in his backyard beach court I never beat him once.

    All my previous partners Jessi Lelliott for looking after me like a big brother would. Josh Binstock it's like he's playing chess and poker on sand, he was the best I've seen at being able figure out what hitters wanted to do in any and every situation. He was so much fun to travel with and hang out with. Always cracking jokes and laughing together.  Rich Vanhuizen for helping me become a professional and taking a chance on me. We never recycled jokes because we were so original. Rich was one of the most fun people to be around and travel with. Playing with him was just a joy and never stressful. Ben Saxton has a tremendous work ethic. He's a player that knows what he wants and goes out and gets it. He is extremely focused on reaching his goals. Matty Z probably the biggest gamer around. Unbelievable how he was able to step up when it was game time and perform on command in tight situations.  Maverick Hatch biggest whip of an arm. He has all the skills of a 6 foot ball control player but he is 6'7 with long arms. It's super rare to see s guy of his size with that skill set.  Felipe Humana Paredes so athletic and so skilled it was a pleasure to play my last few years with him.

    My sponsors RBC, Lululemon, Oakley, they have all been amazing to me and treated me like family over the years. I would especially like to thank Fred Koops and Overkill for all the help they have given me over the years. Overkill has always been a great homegrown Canadian brand and been a staple in the Canadian Volleyball scene. Freddy's commitment and support of not only myself but many amazing players over the years has been a huge boost to the Canadian beach volleyball scene. He is also a great landlord! haha

    Thien Dang Tan at Omega for always making time to see me and treat me.

    The last person I want to thank has had a huge impact on my life, I would argue almost as much as my parents have. John Child has taught me countless things not only in volleyball but in life, he has been a coach, a mentor, a friend and a brother to me. I certainly wouldn't have the life I have today if it wasn't for him so for that I owe him a lot. 

    I got to do what I loved to do for a very long time and was super fortunate to be able to do it as a job, I feel extremely lucky. I missed one big goal of mine that was the Olympics, and a lot of the people I mentioned above put in a lot of time and effort into my career so I feel like I came up a little short and wish I could have achieved that for them.  Especially after being so close. I hope in time that will heal. I always had a great team around me (the people I mentioned above) and always felt supported especially when the politics of sports can be tough. I learned a lot through my career and am so thankful for the life it has provided for me and the people that I met over the years that have become my close friends and family.”

    - Christian Redmann

     

    NORCECA: Continental Beach Volleyball Cup

    NORCECA: Continental Beach Volleyball Cup

    The NORCECA Beach Volleyball Continental Cup is going on from June 23-27th, 2016 down in Guaymas, Mexico.  This tournament marks the last chance for Canada to qualify its fourth and final spot at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for Beach Volleyball.  The Continental Cup is a Davis Cup style tournament format where two teams from each country compete together.  At the end of the week, one country will be awarded the final berth to the Olympics to give to the team they see fit.  Many host nations just pick a team or have a formula to determine who gets to go to Rio. If Canada wins the bid, Volleyball Canada will be hosting a one match trials in North Bay to determine who goes to the Olympics.

    As is standard with most NORCECA events, results and information is spotty.  We recommend following our athletes on social media to get the most up to date info from the tournament.  We'll be updating this page once we confirm results and schedules.

    Men's Teams

    CanadaBinstock-Schachter and Pedlow-O'Gorman
    Costa RicaMonge-Escobar and Smith-Valenciano
    CubaGonzález-Díaz and Peña-Quesada
    El SalvadorVargas-Escobar and Flores-Chávez
    GuatemalaGarrido-Flores and Recinos-García
    MexicoGaxiola-Camargo and Revuelta-Galindo
    NicaraguaContreras-Lòpez and Mora-Lòpez
    Puerto RicoMorales-Ribas and Soto-Rodríguez
    Saint LuciaClercent-Bissette and Cohen-St Jean
    SurinameSportledge-Furgil and Vilet-Frits
    Trinidad and TobagoWilliams-Blake and Francois-Bernard
    US Virgin IslandsLesniak-Kwasny and Lomeli-Smith

    Women's Teams

    BarbadosBovell-Mason and Matthews-Wood
    Cayman IslandsGandolfi-Wolfenden and Smith-Power
    Costa RicaCope-Alfaro and Araya-Valenciano
    CubaFlores-Martínez and Sánchez-Echeverría
    El SalvadorVargas-González and Ávalos-Ponce
    GuatemalaGirón-Bethancourt and Orellana-Orellana
    JamaicaPerry-Wright and Temple-Wallen
    MexicoRíos-Santoyo and Estrada-Orellana
    NicaraguaMachado-Rodríguez and Mendoza-López
    Saint LuciaLansiqout-mondeser and Noel-Neptune
    SurinameHunsel-Brunings and Wip-Chagnaz
    Trinidad and TobagoDyette-Davidon and Grant-Blackman

    Women's Results

    Match Date Team A Team B Result

    Bronze Medal Match

    105 26-Jun Draw Draw
    104 26-Jun Guatemala N. Giron/E. Bethancourt Sanchez/Echeverria CUB
    103 26-Jun 15:30 Guatemala Orellana J/Orellana A Lianma/Leila CUB 0-2 (15-21, 13-21)
    102 26-Jun 11:00 Guatemala N. Giron/E. Bethancourt Lianma/Leila CUB 0-2 (11-21, 13-21)
    101 26-Jun 11:04 Guatemala Orellana J/Orellana A Sanchez/Echeverria CUB 0-2 (13-21, 13-21)

    Final 5th Place

    100 26-Jun 14:06 Trinidad and Tobago Dyette/Davidson Nicaragua Mendoza/Lopez 0-1 (15-17)
    99 26-Jun Draw Draw
    98 26-Jun Draw Draw
    97 26-Jun Trinidad and Tobago Rheeza/Abby Nicaragua Mendoza/Lopez 0-2 (17-21, 15-21)
    96 26-Jun 13:00 Trinidad and Tobago Dyette/Davidson Nicaragua Machado/Rodriguez 2-0 (21-16, 21-18)

    Final 7th Place

    95 26-Jun Draw Draw
    94 26-Jun Draw Draw
    93 26-Jun Draw Draw
    92 26-Jun 11:00 Bovell/Mason BAR Jamaica Temple/Wallen 0-2 (17-21, 16-21)
    91 26-Jun 10:40 Matthews/Wood BAR Jamaica Perry/Wright 0-2 (14-21, 15-21)

    Loser are ranked 9th

    60 24-Jun 15:52 Trinidad and Tobago Dyette/Davidson Gandolfi/Wolfenden CAY 1-0 (15-7)
    59 24-Jun 14:50 Trinidad and Tobago Rheeza/Abby Smith-Johnson/Powery CAY 0-2 (26-28, 16-21)
    58 24-Jun 13:55 Trinidad and Tobago Dyette/Davidson Gandolfi/Wolfenden CAY 2-0 (21-18, 21-18)
    57 24-Jun 11:18 Trinidad and Tobago Rheeza/Abby Gandolfi/Wolfenden CAY 0-2 (11-21, 15-21)
    56 24-Jun 12:04 Trinidad and Tobago Dyette/Davidson Smith-Johnson/Powery CAY 2-1 (16-21, 21-11, 15-9)
    55 24-Jun Draw Draw
    54 24-Jun Saint Lucia JAMILLA/Skye Jamaica Temple/Wallen
    53 24-Jun 14:06 Saint Lucia Noel/Neptune Jamaica Perry/Wright 0-2 (14-21, 11-21)
    52 24-Jun 10:38 Saint Lucia JAMILLA/Skye Jamaica Perry/Wright 0-2 (6-21, 7-21)
    51 24-Jun 11:02 Saint Lucia Noel/Neptune Jamaica Temple/Wallen 1-2 (19-21, 21-19, 10-15)
    50 24-Jun Draw Draw
    49 24-Jun 13:08 Wip/Frankel SUR Nicaragua Mendoza/Lopez 0-2 (17-21, 12-21)
    48 24-Jun 12:14 Hunsel/Brunings SUR Nicaragua Machado/Rodriguez 0-2 (21-23, 14-21)
    47 24-Jun 09:50 Wip/Frankel SUR Nicaragua Machado/Rodriguez 0-2 (7-21, 11-21)
    46 24-Jun 10:01 Hunsel/Brunings SUR Nicaragua Mendoza/Lopez 2-1 (22-20, 16-21, 15-12)
    45 24-Jun Draw Draw
    44 24-Jun AVALOS/Ponce ESA Bovell/Mason BAR
    43 24-Jun 13:00 Vargas/Gonzalez ESA Matthews/Wood BAR 1-2 (21-18, 19-21, 13-15)
    42 24-Jun 09:00 AVALOS/Ponce ESA Matthews/Wood BAR 0-2 (21-23, 11-21)
    41 24-Jun 09:00 Vargas/Gonzalez ESA Bovell/Mason BAR 1-2 (21-10, 11-21, 13-15)

    Losers Semifinals

    90 25-Jun Draw Draw
    89 25-Jun Trinidad and Tobago Rheeza/Abby Guatemala N. Giron/E. Bethancourt
    88 25-Jun 17:00 Trinidad and Tobago Dyette/Davidson Guatemala Orellana J/Orellana A 0-2 (11-21, 11-21)
    87 25-Jun 15:00 Trinidad and Tobago Rheeza/Abby Guatemala Orellana J/Orellana A 0-2 (7-21, 9-21)
    86 25-Jun 15:00 Trinidad and Tobago Dyette/Davidson Guatemala N. Giron/E. Bethancourt 1-2 (13-21, 21-14, 6-15)
    85 25-Jun Draw Draw
    84 25-Jun 17:00 Nicaragua Mendoza/Lopez Sanchez/Echeverria CUB 0-2 (16-21, 1-21)
    83 25-Jun 16:50 Nicaragua Machado/Rodriguez Lianma/Leila CUB 0-2 (10-21, 10-21)
    82 25-Jun 15:10 Nicaragua Mendoza/Lopez Lianma/Leila CUB 0-2 (6-21, 18-21)
    81 25-Jun 15:00 Nicaragua Machado/Rodriguez Sanchez/Echeverria CUB 0-2 (6-21, 8-21)
    80 25-Jun 13:22 Jamaica Perry/Wright Trinidad and Tobago Dyette/Davidson 0-1 (13-15)
    79 25-Jun 11:45 Jamaica Temple/Wallen Trinidad and Tobago Rheeza/Abby 0-2 (18-21, 18-21)
    78 25-Jun 11:30 Jamaica Perry/Wright Trinidad and Tobago Dyette/Davidson 2-0 (21-11, 21-15)
    77 24-Jun 17:16 Jamaica Temple/Wallen Trinidad and Tobago Dyette/Davidson 0-2 (9-21, 12-21)
    76 24-Jun 17:00 Jamaica Perry/Wright Trinidad and Tobago Rheeza/Abby 2-0 (21-14, 21-8)
    75 25-Jun Draw Draw
    74 25-Jun 11:32 Nicaragua Mendoza/Lopez Bovell/Mason BAR 2-0 (22-20, 21-15)
    73 25-Jun 11:30 Nicaragua Machado/Rodriguez Matthews/Wood BAR
    72 24-Jun 16:20 Nicaragua Mendoza/Lopez Matthews/Wood BAR 2-1 (13-21, 21-16, 15-12)
    71 24-Jun 16:30 Nicaragua Machado/Rodriguez Bovell/Mason BAR 2-1 (20-22, 21-16, 15-12)

    Gold Medal Match

    110 26-Jun Draw Draw
    109 26-Jun 16:00 Mexico Estrada/Orellana Costa Rica ARAYA/Valenciano 0-2 (21-23, 18-21)
    108 26-Jun 15:00 Mexico Rios/Santoyo Costa Rica C. Charles/Alfaro 0-2 (12-21, 18-21)
    107 26-Jun 12:00 Mexico Estrada/Orellana Costa Rica C. Charles/Alfaro 1-2 (12-21, 21-11, 5-15)
    106 26-Jun 12:00 Mexico Rios/Santoyo Costa Rica ARAYA/Valenciano 2-0 (21-10, 21-12)

    Semifinals

    70 25-Jun 13:48 Costa Rica C. Charles/Alfaro Lianma/Leila CUB 1-0 (15-9)
    69 25-Jun 12:36 Costa Rica ARAYA/Valenciano Sanchez/Echeverria CUB 2-0 (21-16, 21-15)
    68 25-Jun 12:20 Costa Rica C. Charles/Alfaro Lianma/Leila CUB 0-2 (16-21, 11-21)
    67 25-Jun 09:00 Costa Rica ARAYA/Valenciano Lianma/Leila CUB 0-2 (17-21, 6-21)
    66 25-Jun 09:00 Costa Rica C. Charles/Alfaro Sanchez/Echeverria CUB 2-1 (21-12, 18-21, 15-13)
    65 25-Jun Draw Draw
    64 25-Jun 12:20 Mexico Estrada/Orellana Guatemala N. Giron/E. Bethancourt
    63 25-Jun 12:20 Mexico Rios/Santoyo Guatemala Orellana J/Orellana A 2-1 (21-13, 16-21, 15-5)
    62 25-Jun 09:00 Mexico Estrada/Orellana Guatemala Orellana J/Orellana A 2-0 (21-15, 21-17)
    61 25-Jun 09:00 Mexico Rios/Santoyo Guatemala N. Giron/E. Bethancourt 2-0 (21-18, 21-16)

    Quarter finals

    40 23-Jun Draw Draw
    39 23-Jun Sanchez/Echeverria CUB Smith-Johnson/Powery CAY
    38 23-Jun 19:19 Lianma/Leila CUB Gandolfi/Wolfenden CAY 2-0 (21-11, 21-12)
    37 23-Jun 18:03 Sanchez/Echeverria CUB Gandolfi/Wolfenden CAY 2-0 (21-4, 21-10)
    36 23-Jun 17:39 Lianma/Leila CUB Smith-Johnson/Powery CAY 2-0 (21-4, 21-10)
    35 23-Jun Draw Draw
    34 23-Jun Costa Rica ARAYA/Valenciano Jamaica Temple/Wallen
    33 23-Jun 18:50 Costa Rica C. Charles/Alfaro Jamaica Perry/Wright 2-0 (21-17, 21-11)
    32 23-Jun 17:04 Costa Rica ARAYA/Valenciano Jamaica Perry/Wright 2-0 (21-18, 21-19)
    31 23-Jun 16:56 Costa Rica C. Charles/Alfaro Jamaica Temple/Wallen 2-0 (21-9, 21-13)
    30 23-Jun Draw Draw
    29 23-Jun Guatemala N. Giron/E. Bethancourt Nicaragua Mendoza/Lopez
    28 23-Jun 18:43 Guatemala Orellana J/Orellana A Nicaragua Machado/Rodriguez 2-0 (21-12, 21-13)
    27 23-Jun 16:08 Guatemala N. Giron/E. Bethancourt Nicaragua Machado/Rodriguez 2-0 (27-25, 21-11)
    26 23-Jun 16:06 Guatemala Orellana J/Orellana A Nicaragua Mendoza/Lopez 2-0 (21-11, 21-19)
    25 23-Jun Draw Draw
    24 23-Jun Mexico Estrada/Orellana Bovell/Mason BAR
    23 23-Jun 18:10 Mexico Rios/Santoyo Matthews/Wood BAR 2-0 (21-7, 21-10)
    22 23-Jun 15:23 Mexico Estrada/Orellana Matthews/Wood BAR 2-0 (21-10, 21-13)
    21 23-Jun 15:30 Mexico Rios/Santoyo Bovell/Mason BAR 2-0 (21-13, 21-5)

    Round 1

    20 23-Jun 14:52 Vargas/Gonzalez ESA Gandolfi/Wolfenden CAY 0-1 (12-15)
    19 23-Jun 15:45 AVALOS/Ponce ESA Smith-Johnson/Powery CAY 0-2 (15-21, 9-21)
    18 23-Jun 13:50 Vargas/Gonzalez ESA Gandolfi/Wolfenden CAY 2-0 (21-13, 23-21)
    17 23-Jun 10:27 AVALOS/Ponce ESA Gandolfi/Wolfenden CAY 0-2 (10-21, 1-21)
    16 23-Jun 10:51 Vargas/Gonzalez ESA Smith-Johnson/Powery CAY 2-0 (21-13, 21-17)
    15 23-Jun Draw Draw
    14 23-Jun 12:58 Nicaragua Mendoza/Lopez Saint Lucia JAMILLA/Skye 2-0 (21-10, 21-13)
    13 23-Jun Nicaragua Machado/Rodriguez Saint Lucia Noel/Neptune
    12 23-Jun 09:37 Nicaragua Mendoza/Lopez Saint Lucia Noel/Neptune 2-0 (21-17, 21-5)
    11 23-Jun 10:15 Nicaragua Machado/Rodriguez Saint Lucia JAMILLA/Skye 2-0 (21-7, 21-13)
    10 23-Jun Draw Draw
    9 23-Jun 12:11 Wip/Frankel SUR Jamaica Temple/Wallen 0-2 (12-21, 15-21)
    8 23-Jun 12:23 Hunsel/Brunings SUR Jamaica Perry/Wright 0-2 (18-21, 14-21)
    7 23-Jun 08:48 Wip/Frankel SUR Jamaica Perry/Wright 0-2 (13-21, 10-21)
    6 23-Jun 09:10 Hunsel/Brunings SUR Jamaica Temple/Wallen 2-1 (15-21, 21-19, 15-9)
    5 23-Jun 13:10 Matthews/Wood BAR Trinidad and Tobago Dyette/Davidson 1-0 (15-12)
    4 23-Jun 11:30 Bovell/Mason BAR Trinidad and Tobago Rheeza/Abby 2-0 (21-6, 21-17)
    3 23-Jun 11:40 Matthews/Wood BAR Trinidad and Tobago Dyette/Davidson 0-2 (15-21, 14-21)
    2 23-Jun 08:00 Bovell/Mason BAR Trinidad and Tobago Dyette/Davidson 0-2 (12-21, 7-21)
    1 23-Jun 08:20 Matthews/Wood BAR Trinidad and Tobago Rheeza/Abby 2-0 (24-22, 25-23)

    Men's Results

    Match Date Team A Team B Result

    Bronze Medal Match

    105 26-Jun 17:00 Puerto Rico Soto/Ribas Mexico Gaxiola/Rubio 0-1 (9-15)
    104 26-Jun 14:10 Puerto Rico Soto/Ribas Mexico Revuelta/Galindo 2-0 (21-18, 21-15)
    103 26-Jun 13:00 Puerto Rico Soto/Rodriguez Mexico Gaxiola/Rubio 1-2 (12-21, 21-12, 16-18)
    102 26-Jun 09:00 Puerto Rico Soto/Ribas Mexico Gaxiola/Rubio 0-2 (13-21, 15-21)
    101 26-Jun 09:00 Puerto Rico Soto/Rodriguez Mexico Revuelta/Galindo 2-1 (15-21, 21-14, 15-13)

    Final 5th Place

    100 26-Jun 11:52 Nicaragua Mora/Lopez Saint Lucia Clercent/Julian 1-0 (15-11)
    99 26-Jun Draw Draw
    98 26-Jun Draw Draw
    97 26-Jun 09:52 Nicaragua Contreras/Lopez Saint Lucia Clercent/Julian 1-2 (21-16, 16-21, 13-15)
    96 26-Jun 09:44 Nicaragua Mora/Lopez Saint Lucia Caesar/St Jean 2-0 (21-14, 21-9)

    Final 7th Place

    95 26-Jun Draw Draw
    94 26-Jun Draw Draw
    93 26-Jun Draw Draw
    92 26-Jun 09:00 Costa Rica Monge/Escobar Flores/Chavez ESA 2-0 (21-15, 21-19)
    91 26-Jun 09:00 Costa Rica Smith /Valenciano Tato/Pepe ESA 2-0 (21-7, 21-10)

    Loser are ranked 9th

    60 24-Jun 16:05 Tato/Pepe ESA Trinidad and Tobago Williams/Blake 1-0 (15-8)
    59 24-Jun 14:55 Flores/Chavez ESA Trinidad and Tobago Francois/Bernard 2-1 (21-10, 18-21, 15-9)
    58 24-Jun 14:56 Tato/Pepe ESA Trinidad and Tobago Williams/Blake 0-2 (11-21, 20-22)
    57 24-Jun 11:59 Flores/Chavez ESA Trinidad and Tobago Williams/Blake 1-2 (9-21, 24-22, 11-15)
    56 24-Jun 11:41 Tato/Pepe ESA Trinidad and Tobago Francois/Bernard 2-1 (16-21, 21-19, 15-7)
    55 24-Jun 15:25 Vliet/Sporkslede SUR Saint Lucia Clercent/Julian 0-1 (11-15)
    54 24-Jun 14:04 Vliet/Sporkslede SUR Saint Lucia Clercent/Julian 0-2 (11-21, 10-21)
    53 24-Jun 13:56 Sporkslede/Ong A Fat SUR Saint Lucia Caesar/St Jean 2-0 (23-21, 21-14)
    52 24-Jun 10:55 Vliet/Sporkslede SUR Saint Lucia Caesar/St Jean 2-1 (12-21, 21-17, 15-13)
    51 24-Jun 10:00 Sporkslede/Ong A Fat SUR Saint Lucia Clercent/Julian 0-2 (9-21, 13-21)
    50 24-Jun 15:00 Guatemala Recinos/L.Garcia Costa Rica Smith /Valenciano 0-1 (12-15)
    49 24-Jun 13:05 Guatemala Flores/Garrido Costa Rica Monge/Escobar 1-2 (21-15, 12-21, 11-15)
    48 24-Jun 13:00 Guatemala Recinos/L.Garcia Costa Rica Smith /Valenciano 2-0 (21-19, 21-15)
    47 24-Jun 10:07 Guatemala Flores/Garrido Costa Rica Smith /Valenciano 0-2 (16-21, 12-21)
    46 24-Jun 10:01 Guatemala Recinos/L.Garcia Costa Rica Monge/Escobar 2-1 (21-16, 14-21, 15-12)
    45 24-Jun Draw Draw
    44 24-Jun Nicaragua Contreras/Lopez US Virgin Islands Lomeli/SMITH
    43 24-Jun Nicaragua Mora/Lopez US Virgin Islands Lesniak/Kwasny forfeit team B
    42 24-Jun 09:00 Nicaragua Contreras/Lopez US Virgin Islands Lesniak/Kwasny 2-1 (21-16, 15-21, 15-6)
    41 24-Jun 09:00 Nicaragua Mora/Lopez US Virgin Islands Lomeli/SMITH 2-1 (21-19, 17-21, 15-7)

    Losers Semifinals

    90 25-Jun Draw Draw
    89 25-Jun 17:20 Puerto Rico Soto/Rodriguez Saint Lucia Caesar/St Jean 2-1 (18-21, 21-18, 15-12)
    88 25-Jun 17:35 Puerto Rico Soto/Ribas Saint Lucia Clercent/Julian 2-1 (18-21, 21-18, 15-13)
    87 25-Jun 15:40 Puerto Rico Soto/Rodriguez Saint Lucia Clercent/Julian 1-2 (18-21, 21-14, 11-15)
    86 25-Jun 15:55 Puerto Rico Soto/Ribas Saint Lucia Caesar/St Jean 2-0 (21-14, 21-12)
    85 25-Jun Draw Draw
    84 25-Jun 18:00 Nicaragua Contreras/Lopez Mexico Revuelta/Galindo
    83 25-Jun 17:42 Nicaragua Mora/Lopez Mexico Gaxiola/Rubio 0-2 (18-21, 15-21)
    82 25-Jun 15:43 Nicaragua Contreras/Lopez Mexico Gaxiola/Rubio 0-2 (12-21, 13-21)
    81 25-Jun 16:05 Nicaragua Mora/Lopez Mexico Revuelta/Galindo 0-2 (18-21, 16-21)
    80 25-Jun 13:15 Saint Lucia Clercent/Julian Tato/Pepe ESA 1-0 (15-12)
    79 25-Jun 11:01 Saint Lucia Caesar/St Jean Tato/Pepe ESA 0-2 (15-21, 15-21)
    78 25-Jun 10:54 Saint Lucia Clercent/Julian Flores/Chavez ESA 2-0 (21-8, 21-17)
    77 24-Jun 17:10 Saint Lucia Caesar/St Jean Flores/Chavez ESA 2-0 (21-17, 21-13)
    76 24-Jun 17:23 Saint Lucia Clercent/Julian Tato/Pepe ESA 2-0 (21-12, 21-13)
    75 25-Jun Draw Draw
    74 25-Jun 10:40 Costa Rica Smith /Valenciano Nicaragua Mora/Lopez 0-2 (15-21, 17-21)
    73 25-Jun 10:40 Costa Rica Monge/Escobar Nicaragua Contreras/Lopez
    72 24-Jun 16:00 Costa Rica Smith /Valenciano Nicaragua Contreras/Lopez 1-2 (24-22, 15-21, 11-15)
    71 24-Jun 16:30 Costa Rica Monge/Escobar Nicaragua Mora/Lopez 0-2 (25-27, 16-21)

    Gold Medal Match

    110 26-Jun Draw Draw
    109 26-Jun 14:10 Canada Pedlow/O'Gorman Peña/Quesada CUB 0-2 (17-21, 13-21)
    108 26-Jun 13:00 Canada Binstock/Schachter Gonzalez/Diaz CUB 0-2 (22-24, 18-21)
    107 26-Jun 10:00 Canada Pedlow/O'Gorman Gonzalez/Diaz CUB 0-2 (18-21, 18-21)
    106 26-Jun 10:00 Canada Binstock/Schachter Peña/Quesada CUB 2-1 (20-22, 21-17, 15-11)

    Semifinals

    70 25-Jun Draw Draw
    69 25-Jun 13:40 Peña/Quesada CUB Mexico Revuelta/Galindo 2-0 (21-8, 21-12)
    68 25-Jun 13:40 Gonzalez/Diaz CUB Mexico Gaxiola/Rubio
    67 25-Jun 09:50 Peña/Quesada CUB Mexico Gaxiola/Rubio 2-1 (21-11, 19-21, 15-11)
    66 25-Jun 09:50 Gonzalez/Diaz CUB Mexico Revuelta/Galindo 2-0 (21-11, 21-19)
    65 25-Jun Draw Draw
    64 25-Jun 13:40 Canada Pedlow/O'Gorman Puerto Rico Soto/Ribas 2-0 (21-17, 21-18)
    63 25-Jun 13:38 Canada Binstock/Schachter Puerto Rico Soto/Rodriguez
    62 25-Jun 09:50 Canada Pedlow/O'Gorman Puerto Rico Soto/Rodriguez 2-0 (21-18, 21-13)
    61 25-Jun 10:10 Canada Binstock/Schachter Puerto Rico Soto/Ribas 2-0 (21-19, 21-18)

    Quarter finals

    40 23-Jun Draw Draw
    39 23-Jun Mexico Revuelta/Galindo Trinidad and Tobago Williams/Blake
    38 23-Jun 18:30 Mexico Gaxiola/Rubio Trinidad and Tobago Francois/Bernard 2-0 (21-14, 21-18)
    37 23-Jun 17:27 Mexico Revuelta/Galindo Trinidad and Tobago Francois/Bernard 2-0 (21-13, 21-17)
    36 23-Jun 17:10 Mexico Gaxiola/Rubio Trinidad and Tobago Williams/Blake 2-0 (21-7, 21-10)
    35 23-Jun Draw Draw
    34 23-Jun Peña/Quesada CUB Saint Lucia Clercent/Julian
    33 23-Jun 18:50 Gonzalez/Diaz CUB Saint Lucia Caesar/St Jean 2-0 (21-15, 21-11)
    32 23-Jun 16:30 Peña/Quesada CUB Saint Lucia Caesar/St Jean 2-0 (21-8, 21-7)
    31 23-Jun 16:45 Gonzalez/Diaz CUB Saint Lucia Clercent/Julian 2-0 (21-10, 21-11)
    30 23-Jun Draw Draw
    29 23-Jun Puerto Rico Soto/Ribas Costa Rica Monge/Escobar
    28 23-Jun 17:50 Puerto Rico Soto/Rodriguez Costa Rica Smith /Valenciano 2-0 (21-13, 21-18)
    27 23-Jun 15:50 Puerto Rico Soto/Ribas Costa Rica Smith /Valenciano 2-0 (21-10, 21-13)
    26 23-Jun 15:30 Puerto Rico Soto/Rodriguez Costa Rica Monge/Escobar 2-1 (20-22, 21-10, 15-13)
    25 23-Jun Draw Draw
    24 23-Jun Canada Pedlow/O'Gorman US Virgin Islands Lomeli/SMITH
    23 23-Jun 18:13 Canada Binstock/Schachter US Virgin Islands Lesniak/Kwasny 2-0 (21-4, 21-9)
    22 23-Jun 14:40 Canada Pedlow/O'Gorman US Virgin Islands Lesniak/Kwasny 2-0 (21-8, 21-13)
    21 23-Jun 14:42 Canada Binstock/Schachter US Virgin Islands Lomeli/SMITH 2-0 (21-11, 21-13)

    Round 1

    20 23-Jun 15:30 Nicaragua Mora/Lopez Trinidad and Tobago Williams/Blake 0-1 (7-15)
    19 23-Jun 13:50 Nicaragua Contreras/Lopez Trinidad and Tobago Francois/Bernard 2-0 (21-13, 21-17)
    18 23-Jun 14:15 Nicaragua Mora/Lopez Trinidad and Tobago Williams/Blake 1-2 (12-21, 21-18, 9-15)
    17 23-Jun 11:02 Nicaragua Contreras/Lopez Trinidad and Tobago Williams/Blake 0-2 (10-21, 9-21)
    16 23-Jun 10:48 Nicaragua Mora/Lopez Trinidad and Tobago Francois/Bernard 2-0 (21-11, 21-14)
    15 23-Jun Draw Draw
    14 23-Jun Costa Rica Monge/Escobar Vliet/Sporkslede SUR
    13 23-Jun 13:10 Costa Rica Smith /Valenciano Sporkslede/Ong A Fat SUR 2-0 (21-7, 21-15)
    12 23-Jun 10:12 Costa Rica Monge/Escobar Sporkslede/Ong A Fat SUR 2-0 (21-17, 21-13)
    11 23-Jun 10:00 Costa Rica Smith /Valenciano Vliet/Sporkslede SUR 2-0 (21-9, 21-13)
    10 23-Jun 13:55 Saint Lucia Clercent/Julian Flores/Chavez ESA 1-0 (15-8)
    9 23-Jun 12:23 Saint Lucia Clercent/Julian Guatemala Flores/Garrido 2-0 (21-18, 21-17)
    8 23-Jun 12:42 Saint Lucia Caesar/St Jean Guatemala Recinos/L.Garcia 1-2 (21-15, 17-21, 8-15)
    7 23-Jun 09:25 Saint Lucia Clercent/Julian Guatemala Recinos/L.Garcia 2-0 (21-14, 21-11)
    6 23-Jun 09:12 Saint Lucia Caesar/St Jean Guatemala Flores/Garrido 0-2 (16-21, 12-21)
    5 23-Jun Draw Draw
    4 23-Jun 11:55 US Virgin Islands Lomeli/SMITH Flores/Chavez ESA 2-0 (21-15, 21-19)
    3 23-Jun 11:30 US Virgin Islands Lesniak/Kwasny Tato/Pepe ESA 2-0 (22-20, 21-14)
    2 23-Jun 08:00 US Virgin Islands Lomeli/SMITH Tato/Pepe ESA 1-2 (18-21, 21-14, 16-18)
    1 23-Jun 08:00 US Virgin Islands Lesniak/Kwasny Flores/Chavez ESA 2-1 (11-21, 21-13, 15-13)

    NORCECA Olympic Qualification

    NORCECA Olympic Qualification

    It's time for our Canadian National Teams to begin their Olympic Qualifying tournaments.  The women head down to Lincoln, Nebraska while the men play host in Edmonton, Alberta.  Two teams from NORCECA will book their tickets to Rio this weekend, follow all the action right here.

    Men's Qualification

     Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Photo:  WinterE229

    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Photo: WinterE229

    Participating Teams

    • 🇨🇦 Canada
    • 🇨🇺 Cuba
    • 🇵🇷 Puerto Rico
    • 🇲🇽 Mexico

    Schedule & Results

    January 8, 2016

    • 🇨🇦 Canada def. 🇲🇽 Mexico - 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-16) (Live Stream)
    • 🇨🇺 Cuba def. 🇵🇷 Puerto Rico - 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 33-31) (Live Stream)

    January 9, 2016

    • 🇨🇦 Canada def. 🇵🇷 Puerto Rico - 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-23) (Live Stream)
    • 🇨🇺 Cuba vs. 🇲🇽 Mexico - 6:00 p.m. EST (Live Stream)

    January 10, 2016

    • 🇲🇽 Mexico def. 🇵🇷 Puerto Rico - 3-2 (23-25, 16-25, 26-24, 26-24, 15-10) (Live Stream)
    • 🇨🇺 Cuba def. 🇨🇦 Canada - 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-21)  (Live Stream)

    Videos


    Women's Qualification

     Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Photo:  Hanyou23

    Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Photo: Hanyou23

    Participating Teams

    • 🇺🇸 United States
    • 🇩🇴 Dominican Republic
    • 🇨🇦 Canada
    • 🇵🇷 Puerto Rico

    Schedule & Results

    January 7, 2016

    • 🇩🇴 Dominican Republic def. 🇵🇷 Puerto Rico - 3-1 (17-25, 25-13, 25-23, 25-23)
    • 🇺🇸 United States def. 🇨🇦 Canada - 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-15)

    January 8, 2016

    • 🇩🇴 Dominican Republic def. 🇨🇦 Canada - 3-1 (25-27, 25-16, 26-24, 25-20) (Live Stream)
    • 🇺🇸 United States def. 🇵🇷 Puerto Rico - 3-1 (25-14, 24-26, 25-12, 25-14) (Live Stream)

    January 9, 2016

    • 🇵🇷 Puerto Rico def. 🇨🇦 Canada - 3-0 (32-30, 25-17, 25-20) (Live Stream)
    • 🇺🇸 United States def. 🇩🇴 Dominican Republic - 9:00 p.m. EST (Live Stream)

    NORCECA: Canada Caps Off Golden Year

    NORCECA: Canada Caps Off Golden Year

    A fitting end to a historic year for Canadian beach volleyball as three teams stood on the podium at the NORCECA Championships in Trinidad & Tobago this year, capping off the best-ever year for the program in style. 

     Melissa Humaña-Predes, Taylor Pischke, Kristina Valjas and Jamie Broder joined by Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat on the podium  Photo: NORCECA

    Melissa Humaña-Predes, Taylor Pischke, Kristina Valjas and Jamie Broder joined by Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat on the podium  Photo: NORCECA

    Jamie Broder (Victoria, BC) and Kristina Valjas (Toronto, ON) finished the 2015 seasons the way they started it: standing atop the podium with a Gold medal around their necks. They defeated Americans Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat in the final

    After falling in an all-Canadian semi-final 21-14, 14-21, 15-7,  Melissa Humaña-Paredes (Toronto, ON) and Taylor Pischke (Winnipeg, MB) bounced back quickly to exact some revenge on Flores/Martinez of Cuba - the team who defeated them in the semi-finals of the Pan Am Games in Toronto earlier this summer. They hold nothing back, making quick work with a 21-15, 21-12 win. 

     Sam Pedlow and Grant O'Gorman pose with Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros of Mexico and Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena of the USA.  Photo: NORCECA   

    Sam Pedlow and Grant O'Gorman pose with Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros of Mexico and Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena of the USA.  Photo: NORCECA

     

    One of the hottest teams in the late season, Sam Pedlow (Barrie, ON) and Grant O'Gorman (Scarborough, ON) broke through to narrowly win it all, but falling to one of the best teams in the world, Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena 18-21, 21-15, 19-17 in the finals. Not only do they take home the silver medal, but they also take home  450 points which should get them into the Main Draw to start next season. 

    Add these to the nine FIVB medals won by four different Canadian teams and it start to paint the picture of how special 2015 was for Canadian beach volleyball. 

    U21 Pan Am Cup

    U21 Pan Am Cup
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    This year, Canada is hosting the U21 Pan Am Cup at the Centre Sportif in Gatineau, Quebec.  The tournament runs from June 23rd- 28th, 2015 and is held in the same gym of our national team full time training centre.  

    We'll be streaming live from Gatineau starting on the 26th to bring you the final matches of the tournament.

    Group A

    CanadaCanada
    MexicoMexico
    ChileChile

    Group B

    USAUSA
    BarbadosBarbados
    BrazilBrazil
    El SalvadorEl Salvador
     

    Live Stream

    Volleyball Source will be live streaming from Gatineau June 26th - 28th for the final days of the tournament.  We'll be streaming the matches over on our YouTube channel, so subscribe below beforehand so that you don't miss a moment.

    Schedule & Results

    Group A

    CanadaCanadadef.MexicoMexico3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-14)
    ChileChiledef.MexicoMexico3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-19)
    CanadaCanadadef.ChileChile3-2 (25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 20-25, 15-11)

    Group B

    BrazilBrazildef.El SalvadorEl Salvador3-0 (25-11, 25-11, 25-14)
    USAUSAdef.BarbadosBarbados3-0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-18)
    BarbadosBarbadosdef.El SalvadorEl Salvador3-2 (19-25, 24-26, 25-17, 25-21, 15-11)
    BrazilBrazildef.USAUSA3-1 (25-23, 25-18, 13-25, 25-20)
    BrazilBrazildef.BarbadosBarbados3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-8)
    USAUSAdef.El SalvadorEl Salvador3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-22)

    Quarter Finals

    ChileChiledef.BarbadosBarbados3-0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-20)
    USAUSAdef.MexicoMexico3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-12)

    5th Place Match

    MexicoMexicodef.BarbadosBarbados3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-19)

    Semi Finals

    BrazilBrazildef.ChileChile3-1 (25-17, 25-15, 22-25, 25-19)
    USAUSAdef.CanadaCanada3-1 (25-19, 25-22, 20-25, 25-22)

    6th & 7th

    BarbadosBarbadosdef.El SalvadorEl Salvador3-1 (25-11, 25-15, 21-25, 25-18)

    Bronze Medal Match

    CanadaCanadadef.ChileChile3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 20-25, 25-16, 15-11)

    Gold Medal Match

    BrazilBrazildef.USAUSA3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-17)
     

    Full Game Replays

    All the old matches we stream from the tournament will be available here after broadcast.

    NORCECA: Women Learn Lessons at Champions Cup

    NORCECA: Women Learn Lessons at Champions Cup

    The Canadian woman's national team is coming home winless from the NORCECA Champions Cup in Havana, Cuba, losing all three matches and missing out on a berth to the FIVB World Cup. 

    With the U.S. getting a direct bid to the World Cup as the World Champions, Canada was joined by the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Puerto Rico in the Cuban capital. 

    The woman opened with a gutsy 3-1 loss to the Dominican Republic, a team favoured by most to win the tournament. While Canada out-hit the Carribeans 46  to 35, anytime you made 20 serving errors, things aren't going to be easy. Tabi Love (Dauphin, Mb) led the match with 21 points and added 13 digs, while Lucy Charuk (Tsawwassen, BC) added four blocks and two aces. 

    Next was a disappointing loss to a young Cuban team who bounced back from a loss of their own to Puerto Rico the night before. Canada jumped out to a great start, taking the opening set 25-21, but the wheels fell off from there. The hosts put up a wall, making 12 blocks in the match, and the girls in red and white started making errors - a total of 33 over four sets. Tabi once again led the team in scoring, with 13 points. 

    With an 0-2 record, Canada's chances at Japan were dashed, leaving the final game against rivals Puerto Rico with zero meaning. Canada's offence sputtered - scoring only 26 times on 88 attempts, leaving strong blocking from the Canucks (11 team blocks) to keep things close. It ended up being a lose-lose, as Puerto Rico took the match 3-0, the Cuban win over the Dominican Republic created a three-way tie which left the Puerto Ricans on the outside looking in. 

    The women now have a month to prepare for the FIVB Grand Prix, where they'll kick things off in Carolina, Puerto Rico on July 4th against the hosts and will also play Poland and Bulgaria.

    NORCECA: Women's Champions Cup

    NORCECA: Women's Champions Cup

    Just as the men clinched their ticket in Detroit a few days ago, the Canadian Women's Volleyball team is down in Cuba to do the same.  La Habana, Cuba hosts the Women's edition of the NORCECA Champions Cup Final Four with two tickets on the line to World Cup in September.

    Now, this is a NORCECA event in Cuba and  history would suggest that very little information will be available online.  Anything we find in the way of live streams will be posted here, but don't hold your breath.

    Cover Photo: Javier Ignacio Acuña Ditzel

    Schedule

    CanadaCanadavs.Dominican RepublicDominican RepublicJune 5, 2015 - 1:30 p.m. EDT
    CubaCubavs.Puerto RicoPuerto RicoJune 5, 2015 - 3:30 p.m. EDT
    Puerto RicoPuerto Ricovs.Dominican RepublicDominican RepublicJune 6, 2015 - 1:30 p.m. EDT
    CanadaCanadavs.CubaCubaJune 6, 2015 - 3:30 p.m. EDT
    CanadaCanadavs.Puerto RicoPuerto RicoJune 7, 2015 - 3:30 p.m. EDT
    CubaCubavs.Dominican RepublicDominican RepublicJune 7, 2015 - 6:00 p.m. EDT

    NORCECA: Grand Champions Cup

    NORCECA: Grand Champions Cup

    The Canadian National men's team is at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan for the NORCECA Grand Champions Cup! This event is the first step in the qualification process for the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

    How it works

    The top four teams in NORCECA: Canada, the USA, Cuba and Mexico are all competing for two spots at the 2015 FIVB World Cup in Japan in September. The top two teams from the World Cup will receive a berth in the 2016 Rio Olympics. 


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    Schedule

    Thursday May 21st

    • Canada 3 - Cuba 0
    • USA 3 - Mexico 0

    Friday May 22nd

    • Canada 3 - Mexico 0
    • USA 3 - Cuba 1

    Saturday May 23rd

    • Mexico vs. Cuba - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    • Canada vs. USA - 6:00 p.m. EDT
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    Canada

    • #1 T.J. Sanders
    • #2 Gord Perrin
    • #3 Dan Lewis
    • #4 Josh Howatson
    • #5 Rudy Verhoeff
    • #6 Justin Duff
    • #8 Adam Simac
    • #9 Dustin Schneider 
    • #10 Toon van Lankvelt
    • #12 Gavin Schmitt
    • #15 Fred Winters
    • #17 Graham Vigrass
    • #18 Nick Hoag
    • #22 Steve Marshall

    USA

    • #1 Matt Anderson
    • #3 Taylor Sander
    • #4 David Lee
    • #6 Paul Lotman
    • #7 Kawika Shoji
    • #9 Murphy Troy
    • #10 Thomas Jaeschke
    • #11 Micah Christenson
    • #12 Russell Holmes
    • #16 Jayson Jablonsky
    • #17 Maxwell Holt
    • #20 David Smith
    • #21 Dustin Watten
    • #22 Erik Shoji

    Mexico

    • #1 Humberto Ceballos
    • #2 Daniel Vargas
    • #3 Ernesto Serrano
    • #7 Jorge Quinones
    • #10 Pedro Rangel
    • #11 Jorge Barajas
    • #12 Jose Martinez
    • #14 Tomas Aguilera
    • #17 Nestor Orellana
    • #18 Dorian Raya
    • #19 Pedro Ruiz
    • #20 Julian Duarte

    Cuba

    • #1 Yosvani Gonzalez
    • #2 Romero Inovel
    • #3 Calvo Ricardo
    • #6 Rendon Osniel
    • #7 Yonder Garcia
    • #8 Rolando Cepeda
    • #9 Livan Osoria 
    • #14 Osmany Uriarte
    • #15 Dariel Albo
    • #17 Felix Chapman

    NORCECA: Perfect Start in Grand Cayman

    NORCECA: Perfect Start in Grand Cayman

    Four teams, two matches each, and a perfect 8-0 record for Canada on Day One of the NORCECA Grand Cayman tournament. 

     Christian Redmann passes the ball to Felipe Humaña-Paredes in pool play during the NORCECA Grand Cayman tournament  Photo: NORCECA

    Christian Redmann passes the ball to Felipe Humaña-Paredes in pool play during the NORCECA Grand Cayman tournament  Photo: NORCECA

    On the women's side, two  teams formed at the last minute have provided instant chemistry. Canada-A, Claudia Séguin (Saint-Pascal-Baylon, On) and Alex Poletto (Toronto, On) opened with a 21-15, 21-15 win over Panama, and followed it up by dismantling Belize 21-15, 21-4. They face Trinidad & Tobago tomorrow in the final match of pool play .

    Julie Gordon (Barrie, On) and Brandie Wilkerson (Toronto, On) are also playing together for the first time, and force is strong between this pair. First was a 21-19, 21-10 win over the Costa Ricans, then a 21-5, 21-10 clinic against Honduras. They close out pool play tomorrow against Jamaica. 

    On the men's side, Felipe Humaña-Paredes (Toronto, On) might be new, but he and Christian Redmann (Oro Station, On) are getting the job done. First was a marathon win over USA-B Olson/Kolinske (21-18, 18-21, 19-17). The second went the limit as well, this time it was Trinidad & Tobago losing in third-set heartbreak, the newly formed pair of Canucks clinching the match 21-14, 21-23, 17-15, and will finish against the win-less Nicaraguans tomorrow.

    Canada-B of Garrett May (Scarborough, On) and Daniel Dearing (Toronto, On) made much quicker work of their matches. Although USA-A of Burik/Toppel pushed them 23-21, 21-19, they charged through Guatemala 21-12, 21-10 on their way to take on the winless pair from Barbados in their final match of pool play tomorrow. 

    2015 Beach Preview

    2015 Beach Preview

    The Canadian Beach Volleyball program has taken major strides in the past few years. From the Youth and Junior ranks all the way up to the FIVB Tour, the future looks bright on the sand for the Maple Leaf. After a promising 2013 season, 2014 did not disappoint with success for both women and men at all levels, and multiple events with Canadians finishing on the podium. 

    With careful optimism, Canada sets up for what could quite possibly be one of the most important in Canadian Beach Volleyball history. Only two years out of the Rio Olympics, results have never been more important with world’s best gunning for one of 16 direct byes to Copa Cabana Beach. 

    The points, and not to mention the cash, at this year’s World Championships in The Netherlands will be crucial in the race to Brazil. The Dutch seem to be pulling out all the stops and are setting to host one of the biggest FIVB Beach World Championships ever, and the world's best will be out in full force to be crowned Champions of the World. 

    Finally, the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games will put beach front and centre for Canadian sports fans. All tickets for the event are already sold out, and organizers have indicated that beach volleyball will be a central focus of the Games. The team that qualifies will not only have the opportunity to represent Canada and compete for a medal, but they’ll also have the chance to capture the hearts of a nation. In a year before the Olympics, that can’t be overstated. 

    With all the extracurriculars, it’s easy to forget about the FIVB and NORCECA Tours. 

    The FIVB continues to grow with the addition of new sponsors, and is getting ready for their busiest summer yet with nine Opens, five Grand Slams, four Major Series, not to mention the World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale. With events all around the world, there’s little doubt beach volleyball is growing. The NORCECA Tour will also be running again, with a stop coming to North Bay, On for the second-year in-a-row. 

    Meet the Team

    Heading into the season, a few teams stick out from the rest. For the men, Ben Saxton (Calgary, Ab) and Chaim Schalk (Red Deer, Ab) have been Canada’s most consistent pair the past couple of years. A fifth-place finish at the Sao Paolo GS and their first FIVB medal, a bronze at the Parana Open, closed another strong season in 2014. In 2015, they’re looking to prove they’re amongst the best in the world, and have their sights set firmly on Rio. 

    This well-rounded team has taken down some of the biggest names in volleyball, and could be in the verge of establishing themselves with the best in the game.

    The other male team to watch for is Josh Binstock (Richmond Hill, On) and Sam Schachter (Richmond Hill, On). They blew up at the end of last season, grabbing a Canadian Championship in Halifax before a fourth at the Sao Paolo GS and Canada’s first gold medal in over a decade at the Parana Open. They even picked up a silver after in Qatar. 

    Now they’re looking to prove they’re no fluke. Can the momentenum from the end of last season continue to this year? We sure hope so! 

    The women are looking no less impressive either. With three teams battling in the Main Draw, will this be the year we finally see a Canadian women on the podium?

    Arguably one of the best Canadian indoor players of all-time, Sarah Pavan’s (Kitchener, On) transition to the beach has been slow but steady. Paired with Heather Bansley (Waterdown, On), they've climbed to a Top 20 ranking in the world, and have no intention of stopping. 

    Four Top Ten’s in 2014, three coming at Grand Slam’s, this team competed with the best without an off-season of training. This year, Pavan came back from her indoor contract in Korea at the beginning of January, and the two were able to put in a solid off-season of work this year. 

    For their rookie season on Tour, things could not have gone better for Melissa Humana-Paredes (Toronto, On) and Taylor Pischke (Winnipeg, Mb). Qualifying for the Main Draw of four Grand Slam’s would be enough for most 22-year olds, but the pair decided to take the next step with a 9th at the Stare Jablonki GS and a 5th in Sao Paolo. They even capped it all off with a Gold at the NORCECA Championships. For their efforts, Melissa was named the 2014 FIVB Rookie of the Year, a first for Canadian Beach Volleyball. 

    Now it’s time to see if their ready to compete for a full season. Can they steer away from the sophomore-slump? Given both of their individual ability to win at every level, it’s quite possible we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg with this duo. 

    Jamie Broder (Victoria, On) and Kristina Valjas (Toronto, On) are another team with the ability of striking at any time. Having started their career in the qualifier, they’re now a consistent team in the Main Draw. Taking another step forward last season, they finished the year strong with three-straight Top Ten finishes. After a strong off-season, they’re looking for a fast start to solidify themselves amongst the top teams in the world. 

    Sam Pedlow (Barrie, On) and Grant O’Gorman (Scarborough, On) will be another pair to keep an eye on. Splitting time beween the World and NORCECA Tours, they had two Top Ten’s in the FIVB and grabbed a pair of medals on the NORCECA Tour. One of the most physical teams on the sand, 2015 could be the breakout year for this pair.

    Caleigh Whitaker (Sharon, On) and Kacie MacTavish (Sharon, On) is another team that splits time between the two tours. Similarly to Sam and Grant, they picked up a couple Top Ten's and a pair of medals.

     

    Journeyman Christian Redmann (Oro Station, On) embarks on yet another campaign, this time teaming up with rookie Felipe Humana-Paredes (Toronto, On). Redmann was forced to pull Felipe up from the FTC when Maverick Hatch (Comox, BC) suffered an injury in pre-season training. With Redmann's veteran presence to give Felipe a helping hand at the beginning of his career, only time will tell if things have fallen into place perfectly for this pair. 

    Dan Dearing (Toronto, On) and Garrett May (Scarborough, On) could be Canada's most intriguing team. Having both spent time in the past few years playing in the CIS and recovering from injury, this team has enormous upside. Dearing is the most athletic guy on Canadian beaches, hands down. With the ability to touch over 12 feet, he can play at the same height as the best in the world. May for his part has long been touted as someone to watch. He won the 2011 U21 World Championships with Sam Schachter and led Western to their best-ever finish in the CIS, a silver in 2014. Now it's time to prove he can get it done against the best. Finishing the year with a Gold in Chula Vista and a fifth-place at the Mangaung Open gives plenty of reason to be hopeful for 2015. 

    Okay yes we know, you can't have teams of three in beach volleyball, but all three of these ladies deserve a mention. Victoria Altomare (Toronto, On) and Julie Gordon (Barrie, On) paired up last year for the first time and had a good learning season, with Gordon new to the beach game. A summer on the NORCECA Tour resulted in two 17th's at Open's in the fall, hopefully hinting that more should be expected from these two. Gordon is pairing up with Brandie Wilkserson (Toronto, On) at the first event in the Cayman Islands, so we'll keep on eye on that. Wilkerson is one of the most physical members of Canada's team. Her natural leaping ability makes her deadly at all times. 

    Cam Wheelan (Barrie, On) and Mike Plantinga (Langley, BC) are another young, athletic team with the ability to do damage. They're looking to improve on a 2014 where they picked up a couple medals on the NORCECA Tour last year

    Beach: Felipe Humana-Paredes to Replace Injured Hatch

    Beach: Felipe Humana-Paredes to Replace Injured Hatch

    There's another Humana-Paredes competing for Canada! Felipe Humana-Paredes (Toronto, On) is heading down to the Cayman Islands to pair up with Christian Redmann (Oro, On) at the first NORCECA stop of the season. 

    Redmann picked up Felipe after Maverick Hatch (Comox, BC) suffered an injury during pre-season training in California. Hatch will be taking time off to recover from the injury.

    The older brother of Melissa, Felipe played four years for the York Lions before heading to the Full Time Training Centre for the Indoor team in Gatineau. After being selected to the "B" team last summer, the Toronto native moved back to Toronto to join the Beach team in the fall. 

    Felipe has previously competed for Canada one time, when he partnered with Grant O'Gorman (Toronto, ON) at the 2011 Québec Open where they fell to Mexico in qualification. 

    Here's his highlight video from the FTC's 2014 trip to France.

    Beach: Young Stars Lead NORCECA Trials

    Beach: Young Stars Lead NORCECA Trials
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    It may have been the coldest weekend of the year, but the action was hot at the Beach Full-Time Training Centre this past weekend for the NORCECA Trials. Some of the top beach players in the country congregated on Downsview Park to determine the seeding list for the first half of the 2015 NORCECA season. 

    The 2014 FIVB Rookie of the Year Melissa Humana-Paredes (Toronto, ON) and Taylor Pischke (Winnipeg, MA) took home the top spot for the women, defeating 2014 U21 FIVB Champions Tia Miric (Toronto, ON) and Sophie Bukovec (Toronto, ON) 21-17, 21-14 in the finals.

    On the men's side, Sam Pedlow (Barrie, ON) and Grant O'Gorman (Toronto, ON) took the top seed after Christian Redmann (Oro Station, ON) and Maverick Hatch (Comox, B.C.) pulled out of the final due to injury. 

    The youth movement is alive and well in Canadian beach volleyball. The men's and women's finals featured five players under the age of 23, all of whom have previously won FIVB medals. On the women's side, Bukovec/Miric upset NORCECA and FIVB veterans Kacie MacTavish (Sharon, ON) and Caleigh Whitaker (Sharon, ON), a pair who  have multiple NORCECA medals on their resume.

    Kacie and Caleigh defeated Brandie Wilkerson (Toronto, ON) and Camille Saxton (Calgary, AB) in the 3rd place match, while Dan Dearing (Toronto, ON) and Garret May (Scarborough, ON) bested Ryan Vandenberg (Cambridge, ON)  and Aaron Nusbaum (Aurora, ON) to take third spot on the men's side. Wilkerson and Nusbaum are are 22 while Saxton, who was competing at a National team event for the first time, is 23.

    Here's the full list: 

    Women's NORCECA List

    1. Melissa Humana-Paredes and Taylor Pischke
    2. Sophie Bukovec and Tia Miric
    3. Kacie MacTavish and Caleigh Whitaker
    4. Brandie Wilkerson and Camille Saxton
    5. Victoria Altomare and Julie Gordon
    6. Claudia Seguin and Alexandra Poletto

    Men's NORCECA List

    1. Sam Pedlow and Grant O'Gorman
    2. Christian Redmann and Maverick Hatch
    3. Daniel Dearing and Garrett May
    4. Ryan Vadenburg and Aaron Nusbaum
    5. Michael Plantinga and Cam Wheelan
    6. James Battiston and Simon Fecteau-Boutin

    The top teams in each gender will have first shot at attending NORCECA tournaments for the first half of the season. If the top teams do not go, the spot goes to the next team on the list. 

    WCQ: Men's Gold - Canada vs. Costa Rica

    WCQ: Men's Gold - Canada vs. Costa Rica

    This is an indoor volleyball qualification match for the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Qualifiers 2014 in Poland. This qualification tournament takes place May 16th - 19th 2014 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. For more information including past matches, scores and schedules, visit our website: http://volleyballsourcemag.com/2014-world-championships-qualifiers/