Kingston to Host World League Qualifier

OTTAWA - Volleyball Canada has announced Kingston, Ontario as the location for the final leg of the World League Qualifying Series.

August 20th and 21st, Kingston’s K-Rock Centre will be the location for the Men’s National Team’s final push for a spot in the 2012 World League, as they take on Puerto Rico in a two-game series.

“It’s great international exposure for Kingston and the K-Rock Centre,” said Ted Carson, past president of Kingston’s Pegasus Volleyball Club “(We’re) going to promote the heck out of it.”

Canada finds itself in this position after defeating Slovakia in the first-round of the series. After losing the first match 3-1, Canada rebounded with a 3-0 win to take the series.

If Canada wins the series, it will place them in the World League, a stage they have not been a part of since 2007. Canada is currently ranked 22nd  in the world while Puerto Rico is ranked 15th.

"Volleyball Canada is excited about the prospect of being back in World League” says Executive Director of Volleyball Canada, Mark Eckert, “Playing against the best in the world is especially important with our team gearing up to qualify for the 2012 Olympics".

Puerto Rico took part in this year’s World League, competing in a pool along with Brazil, Poland, and the United-States. They finished with only one point, the result of a 3-2 loss to the United-States in their second-last match of the competition.

Both qualifying matches will take place at 7:00 PM at the K-Rock Centre. The winner of the series will be based on a point’s formula. The winner of a 3-0 or 3-1 decision will receive 3 points, with the loser receiving none. The winner of a 3-2 decision will receive 2 points, with the loser, receiving 1.

Details on tickets to come soon. Special deals will be offered through all local volleyball clubs/teams, as well for groups of 10 or more and two-game tickets.

For more information:
613-748-5681 x 222