Calgary Dinos under-16 team to represent Canada at NORCECA Continental Girls Youth Championships

CALGARYCanada will be represented by the Calgary Dinos under-16 club squad at the NORCECA Continental Girls’ Youth Championship April 27 to May 2 in Guatemala City.

The Dinos team members are: Gbemisola Olutogun, Carly Heath, Jen Stephenson, Megan Festival, Sarah Pradhan, Emmalyn Copping, Kacey Otto, Alexa Gray, Carolyn O’Dwyer, Rachel Lynch, Janelle Hoff and Mariah Walsh.

The head coach is Jesse Knight and the assistant coach Natalie Schwartz. Leann Kinvig is the team’s physiotherapist.

“We are very excited and honored with this opportunity to represent Canada at this big international event,” said Schwartz. “We’ve been training very hard to prepare for this tournament. This is a special group of players we have and they’ve been together for two years and this year we’ve gone undefeated in our age group. The girls are super competitive and that cohesiveness should really help them.”

At the tournament, 10 countries will be vying for those three spots in next year’s FIVB World Youth Championship in Turkey

The United States team has typically dominated the competition which began in 1998, winning five of six editions including the last four in a row.

Other countries entered are Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and United States. They will compete in three preliminary round pools (two pools of three teams and one pool of four). The two pool winners with best points-ratio will advance directly to the semifinal phase while the third first place team will play in the quarterfinals against the second place sides.

Pool A consists of Mexico, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica while Pool B is composed by Guatemala, Puerto Rico and El Salvador. The Pool C groups USA, Dominican Republic and Canada.

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