Pan Am Games: Sitting Volleyball

Pan Am Games: Sitting Volleyball

The 2015 Toronto Para Pan Am Games have started and the sitting volleyball tournament runs from August 8th - 14th, 2015.  Canada's men's and women's sitting volleyball national teams will be competing and we have all the matches and results right here.

Venue

Sitting volleyball will take place at the PAC Para Pan Am venue, The CIBC Pan Am / Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House.  Located in Scarborough, The PAC is located at the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario.

 

Men's Schedule

Canada Canada def. Costa Rica Costa Rica 3-0 (25-2, 25-15, 25-14)
BrazilBrazildef.CanadaCanada3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-23)
USAUSAdef.CanadaCanada3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-18)
Canada Canada def. Mexico Mexico 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-17)
Canada Canada def. Colombia Colombia 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-19)

Women's Schedule

USAUSAdef.CanadaCanada3-0 (25-1, 25-14, 25-11)
BrazilBrazildef.CanadaCanada3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-7)
Canada Canada def. Cuba Cuba 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-20)

Men's Semi Finals

USAUSAdef.CanadaCanada 3-1 (26-24, 25-23, 16-25, 25-21)

Women's Semi Finals

CanadaCanadavs.BrazilBrazilAugust 13, 2015 - 7:00 p.m. EDT

Men's Bronze Medal Match

CanadaCanadadef.ColombiaColombia3-0 (28-26, 25-17, 25-18)

Women's Bronze Medal Match

CanadaCanadadef.CubaCuba3-0 (25-8, 25-7, 25-7)

Videos

Pan Am Games: Heartbreak for Binstock/Schachter

Pan Am Games: Heartbreak for Binstock/Schachter

This is definitely not the scenario most envisioned when they thought of beach volleyball at the Pan Am Games, but Josh Binstock (Richmond Hill, On) and Sam Schachter (Richmond Hill, On) are out with a chance for a medal, losing 21-19, 26-24.

Maybe it was the heat, 37 degrees with the humidity, or the size of the stage, but the pair from Ontario seemed a slightly off. Against other teams, that difference might be unnoticeable, but today it was what brought an abrupt end to their tournament. 

The Mexican pair did exactly what they always do - played steady, capitalized on mistakes and calmly sided out. Against a team like that, serving pressure and a strong block are both crucial, neither of which were on today for Binstock/Schachter. It’s too bad as well, because when this pair is on, Schachter’s serve strikes fear into any receivers heart and Binstock’s block has been featured in any opponents nightmares. 

For whatever reason, those parts of their games were absent today and Canada’s hopes for a medal in men’s Beach Volleyball are gone. 

To say it’s a disappointment is an understatement. The highest ranked team at the tournament, and the only team to have medalled on the FIVB Tour this season, on paper they should been medal favourites. Heap on the added advantage of playing at a home games in your hometown, Josh and Sam now know how Brazil’s soccer team felt after their exit from last years World Cup. 

While the pair undoubtably gained some new fans, it’s unfortunate Canada never really got to see this team at their best. While the group stage matches were entertaining, we never saw the confident, passionate, and dominant team we've seen stand on the podium this year.

Hopefully this loss helps fuel them moving forward on the FIVB Tour and in Olympic qualifying. Because if there's any way to get the sour taste of a disappointing Pan Am Games finish, is redeeming yourself 

Pan Am Games: Canada's Play of the Games

Pan Am Games: Canada's Play of the Games

Canada's indoor National team kicked off the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games with a dominant 3-0 win over Mexico, but that's not what people are talking about today. 

With Canada leading 23-16 in the third set, Graham Vigras serves the ball, and what ensued is without a doubt the Play of the Games so far. Check it out and see if you agree. 

Photo: Volleyball Canada/ Kevin Light

Pan Am Games: Women's Beach Volleyball

Pan Am Games: Women's Beach Volleyball

Women's beach volleyball is always one of the hottest tickets for any major games, and the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games will be no different, with sold out crowds already expected for the finals on July 21st. 

Beach volleyball has never been an area where Canada is known to thrive, but in 2015 that is quickly changing. Until this year, no Canadian team has ever stood a top the podium, something that seems to be a regular occurrence these days. Now, it's time to do the same on home soil. 

Pool A

CanadaCanada
Puerto RicoPuerto Rico
UruguayUruguay
Cayman_IslandsCayman Islands

Pool B

BrazilBrazil
Costa_RicaCosta Rica
ChileChile
NicaraguaNicaragua

Pool C

USAUnited States of America
ColobiaColombia
GuatemalaGuatemala
El SalvadorEl Salvador

Pool D

MexicoMeixco
ArgentinaArgentina
CubaCuba
Trinidad & TobagoTrinidad & Tobago

 

The ability to win isn't something you're born with; it's a skill that's learned and honed over time. Luckily, both Canadian athletes have been learning those lessons since day one, from some Canadian volleyball legends. 

Taylor Pischke (Winnipeg, Mb) grew up as a gym rat. Her father, Garth Pischke, is one of the legends of Canadian volleyball. The winningest coach in CIS history for the University of Manitoba Bisons, a two-time Olympian, and former coach of the men's indoor National team, you can bet he's passed along a thing or two along to his daughter.

Before teaming up with Melissa, Taylor was an indoor superstar. Member of the Canadian National team program, she was one of the most dominant outside players in the CIS for a few years, it all culminating with a National Championship in 2014 with the Bisons. Ending her career on a high note, she hung up the shoes in favour of a bikini when Melissa came searching for a partner. 

Melissa Humaña-Paredes (Toronto, On) was the other side of the coin, growing up on the beach amongst the greats of the Canadian beach scene. Her father, Hernan Humaña, is a former member of the Chilean National team and coached Mark Heese and John Child to a bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. 

Obviously, she's been around the sport more than most. You can see it in the way she moves with confidence on the court, almost knowing where the ball will go before the plays even made. Pair this to her fierce competitive attitude and wide offensive arsenal, and you get the 2014 FIVB Rookie of the Year. 

At only 22-years old, this team has already made a name for themselves on the FIVB World Tour. Playing in their first full season last year, they picked up their second-straight U23 World Championship medal and ended the season with a fifth-place finish at the Sao Paolo Grand Slam and by winning the NORCECA Championships in Trinidad & Tobago. 

Although a podium finish is not something to be guaranteed, one thing is for sure, this team will be a crowd favourite at Toronto 2015. 

The opponents

Brazil Carolina Maximo & Liliane Maestrini

When it comes to volleyball, you can always count on Brazil to be solid, and this team is no different. A new team for the 2015 season, they've impress early with some solid results right out of the gate, including a 5th at the first Grand Slam of the Year in Moscow. Lili jumped on the scene in 2007, winning a Junior World Championship with Barbara, with whom she joined forces again in 2013, finishing every tournament in the Top Ten and finishing 3rd at the World Champs in Poland. Only 22, Carolina Maximo is a newcomer to the World Tour, but if her stellar play so far this season with three Top Ten's is any indication, she has the potential to be another top of the line product from the Brazilian beach volleyball factory. 

Argentina Ana Gallay & Georgina Klug

A feisty team from Argentina, Gallay/Klug have been a solid team on the FIVB Tour over the past few years. Coming off career years for both athletes in 2014, they've started the year strong with three medals on the South American Tour and backed that up with four Top Ten finishes. They'll be looking for redemption at these games after a tough World Championships where they failed to win a game and finished in 37th. Not to mention, Georgina Klug might still have a sour taste in her mouth from the 2011 Pan Am Games, where she was knocked out by Canadians Heather Bansley and Liz Maloney.