1st Annual Volleyblast a Smashing Success

WINNIPEG - The first edition of 'Volleyblast', a youth girls club tournament being hosted by the Winnipeg based National Women's Volleyball Team in conjunction with the Manitoba Volleyball Association, was held this past weekend at the University of Manitoba Investors Group Athletic Centre. Forty Seven teams competed in the event in the 14U, 15U, 16U and 17U age categories over the 3 days with 136 matches played in total. Top results included:

17U 1st - Regina Radz 2nd - Jr Wesmen #2

16U 1st - CVC 2nd - Winman Strike

15U 1st - River City Selects 2nd - Selkirk Royals Blue

The organizers would like to thank the Bison Women's Volleyball Club who had five 14U teams competing in that category, playing with a 'Triple Ball' competition format as a test opportunity for the Manitoba Volleyball Association. 

Members of the Women's National Team were on hand over the weekend for autographs and also had opportunities to sit on the benches during games for some of the participating teams. The National Team athletes also ran a skills competition on the Saturday afternoon, with over 250 athletes taking part. At the same time as the skills competition Women's National Team Head Coach Arnd Ludwig presented on some athlete development topics at a coaches luncheon attended by over 30 of the participating coaches.

Volleyball Canada and the Manitoba Volleyball Association would like to thank all the participating teams, as well as the referees, volunteers and staff for making the event the success that it was and we look forward to making the event even bigger and better for next year.

For further information on the event please contact:

John Blacher

Team Canada Volleyball Centre - Winnipeg

Ph: 204-474-7210

Mobile: 204-479-3612

email: jblacher@volleyball.ca