Langley, B.C., to host inaugural U23 Pan American Cup men’s volleyball tournament

 LANGLEY, B.C. (August 8, 2012) - Canada, in partnership with the Langley Events Centre, announced Wednesday the six teams that will compete in the inaugural U23 Pan American Men’s Volleyball Cup, which runs Sept. 25-30, 2012, at the LEC.

The lineup will include Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Canada.

This group represents some of the very best volleyball-playing countries in the Americas as five of the six attending countries have senior teams currently in the top 25 of the FIVB World Rankings, including top ranked Brazil.

This event will feature the stars of tomorrow, with many potential competitors on their way to eventually representing their respective countries at the senior level.

“The level of competition fans will see at this event is second to none,” LEC Director of Business Development Jared Harman noted this will be the highest level of volleyball competition seen in British Columbia for some time, “the volleyball community is going to see the best the sport has to offer at the U23 level.”

As for Canada, whose senior team is currently ranked No. 16 in FIVB rankings, the red and white will be represented by the two-time reigning CIS National Champion Trinity Western University men’s volleyball team. Because Canada will not have a national team program with athletes in this age category together at this time of year, the Trinity Western side, which also represented Canada last fall at the 2011 FIVB Club World Championship in Doha, Qatar, will once again have the opportunity to don the maple leaf. This time, however, the Spartans will have the chance to play not only on home soil but also against athletes of similar age.

“As a group, to have every guy getting the chance to represent your country at home and in front of friends and fans is an opportunity that’s a blessing for sure,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson. “I think this will show us where we’re at based on our own age. We get to play against guys who are roughly the same age from other countries who might be more skilled and maybe even a little bit bigger and more physical. I think it’ll be interesting to see how they can relax and stay focused in that scenario. They really can beat these teams so it will be interesting to see how they react.”

The U23 Pan American Cup is a new competition created jointly by the NORCECA (North America, Central America & Caribbean) and the South American Volleyball Confederations, and will feature the top teams from these zones. The event has been developed to provide an additional competitive opportunity for developing national team players who may be on the cusp of making their first appearances with their respective country’s senior level national teams. Athletes must be born in 1990 or later to be eligible to compete.

The full schedule and ticket information for the tournament will be available in the coming weeks.

 

Teams Competing (FIVB Senior Rankings as per July 9, 2012)

Brazil – FIVB Senior Ranking – 1st

Argentina – FIVB Senior Ranking – 8th

Canada – FIVB Senior Ranking – 16th

Venezuela – FIVB Senior Ranking – 18th

Mexico – FIVB Senior Ranking – 23rd

Dominican Republic – FIVB Senior Ranking – 92nd

About Langley Events Centre

The Langley Events Centre (LEC) is a 260,483 square foot state of the art facility, which includes an Arena Bowl, Triple Gymnasium, Banquet Hall and Meeting Spaces all in one. Opened in 2009 with the latest technology, the LEC is home to Trinity Western University Athletics (Basketball, Volleyball and Hockey), the Langley Rivermen of the BC Hockey League, the Langley Thunder of the Western Lacrosse Association and the Langley Junior Thunder of the BC Junior A Lacrosse League. Many organizations call the LEC home including Basketball BC, Langley Sports Medicine Clinic, Tourism Langley, MLA Rich Coleman, the Langley Gymnastics Foundation, RE Mountain Secondary School, and the Willoughby Community Centre. The facility has hosted events such as the 2010 BC Summer Games, 2011 CIS Men’s Volleyball National Championships, the 2011 World Junior A Hockey Challenge, the 2012 World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling, the 2012 TELUS Junior Girls Basketball Provincial Championships, the 2011 and 2012 BC High School Boys' AAA Basketball Championships, presented by TELUS, and multiple Provincial Gymnastics Championships. The LEC is also proud to be host to the 2012 U-23 Pan American Men’s Volleyball Cup and the 2013 BC AAA Girls Basketball Championships, presented by TELUS. For a complete list of previous and upcoming events, please visit www.langleyeventscentre.com

 

About NORECA

For more information on NORCECA, please visit www.norceca.net

About Volleyball Canada

For more information on Volleyball Canada, please visit www.volleyball.ca

Availability

Tickets for the 2012 U-23 Pan American Men’s Volleyball Cup are not on sale yet. For more information on the event, please visit www.langleyeventscentre.com