Canada goes fourth straight medal at NORCECA Championships

August 20, 2012

Canada goes fourth straight medal at NORCECA Championships

OTTAWA Canada looks to continue a string of success at the U21 NORCECA men’s volleyball championships as the 2012 edition gets underway next Sunday (August 27) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The NORCECA (North America, Central American and Caribbean) event, which is held bi-annually, will qualify three teams from the confederation for the 2013 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship.

The guys are in the final stages of preparation and our training has been very productive,” said Canada’s head coach Dave Preston. “The athletes are very focused and committed to representing their country in a manner that will make all Canadians proud.

Canada is in Group B with Guatemala, Curacao and Puerto Rico.  The Group A teams are the U.S., Mexico, Honduras and St. Vincent.

The first preliminary round match for Canada is August 27 against Guatemala, followed by matches August 28 against Curacao and August 29 versus Puerto Rico. 

The first place team in each group gets a bye to the semifinals while second and third crossover in the quarterfinals on August 30.  The semis are August 31 and the placement matches on September 1.

“This team has very solid foundations and great character,” said Preston.   “With those two things in place - we are able to rely on our talent and our systems to be successful. Everyone is looking forward to the competition.”

Canada hosted the previous U21 NORCECA event in 2010 and won the silver medal losing to the U.S., in the final.  The Canadians have won medals at five of the seven editions of the tournament including the last three.

Roster

Milan

Nikic

Calgary, AB

Setter

Joshua

McKay

Winnipeg, MB

Setter

Danny

Demyanenko

Toronto, ON

Middle

Jim

Bell

Surrey, BC

Middle

Alex

Russell

Surrey, BC

Middle

Ryley

Barnes

St-Paul, AB

Leftside

Dan

Groenveld

Welland, ON

Leftside

Brook

Sedore

Grande Prairie, AB

Leftside

Stephen

Maar

Aurora, ON

Leftside

Jarrid

Ireland

Winnipeg, MB

Opposite

Andrew

Nelson

Regina, SK

Opposite

Tyler

Koslowsky

Abbotsford, BC

Libero

 

Staff

 

Coach

Dave

Preston

 

Ass.Coach

Brad

Poplawski

 

Ass.Coach

Shane

St-Louis

 

Therapist

Caroline

Pelletier

 

Therapist

Luc

Campbell

 

Coordinator

Sophie

Gadoury

 

Statistician

Nathan

Janzen

 

Information: www.norceca.net and www.volleyball.ca