Saskatoon and Sherbrooke launch successful first weekend at volleyball nationals

OTTAWA – The Canadian volleyball age group national championships which will ultimately attract nearly 750 teams got underway this past weekend in Sherbrooke, Que., and in Saskatoon.

In Saskatoon at the Henk Ruys Center, 92 teams battled in the boys 14 and under and in two divisions in girls 14 and under at the Western Canadian Open.

In boys competition, the winners were the Fraser Valley Volleyball Club in Tier 1, Selkirk Royals in Tier 2 and B.C’s  Focus Aerial in Tier 3. 

In the girls division 1, Winnipeg’s Shock Volleyball Club won Tier 1, Shock 403 Tier 2 and Coquitlam Ducks Bryan Tier 3. In girls division 2, the winners were Winnipeg’s WinMan Lighting in Tier 1, Selkirk Royals Black in Tier 2, Regina’s Queen City Royals in Tier 3 and Edmonton’s NAVC Green Pandas in Tier 4.

Meanwhile in Sherbrooke, the Canadian East Open in the 14 and under, 15 and under and 16 and under age groups attracted almost 150 teams at the Université de Sherbrooke.

The winners in 14U boys were: Niagara Rapids in Tier 1 and Durham Attack Black in Tier 2. In 16U boys, Mississauga’s Pakmen 16U, Yellow Pakmen and Gatineau Griffons prevailed in Tier 1-2-3 respectively.

In 14U girls, Whitby’s DRVC Volleyball took the Tier 1 crown, Ottawa’s Maverick Gold Diggers Tier 2, Durham Attack Black Tier 3 and Sherbrooke’s Envolley Tier 4.

The winners in 15U girls were: STVC Synergy from Scarborough in Tier 1, Ms Pakmen in Tier 2, Voyageurs in Tier 3, North York’s Interclub in Tier 4 and Quebec’s l’Impact du CDSL in Tier 5.

In 16U girls, Durham Attack Black won Tier 1, Interclub Black Tier 2, and l’Impact du CDSL Tier 3.

In 16U girls division 2, victors were Ontario’s Northumberland Breakers in Tier 1 and Halifax’s West Hants Wizards in Tier 2

Action continues next week with 228 teams marching into Abbotsford, B.C., for the 17 and under and 18 under Canadian Open at the TRADEX Centre May 13-15.

Finally from May 19-23, it’s the 15 and under and 16 and under Canadian West Open with 272 teams invading the BMO Center and the Telus Convention Center.

For teams, schedules and results visit: http://www.volleyball.ca/content/indoor-2011-opens