Ontario and Alberta are 2014 NTCC Champions

Ontario’s 19U men’s team and Alberta’s 17U women’s team are this year’s National Team Challenge Cup (NTCC) champions. The tournament was created in 1986 to build a bridge between the needs of our National Teams and the short-term objectives of Volleyball Canada's regions. The NTCC is now hosted every year at the Volleyball Canada National Team Training Centres. The women’s tournament is played at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, and the men’s at the Centre Sportif de Gatineau in Gatineau, Quebec.

This tournament is a great development opportunity for the athletes as well as the coaches. In addition to competing against the top teams from other provinces, players receive training opportunities with National Team coaches, and coaches are exposed to professional development opportunities.

The Men’s NTCC in Gatineau finished with a 3-0 championship win for Ontario 19U as they remained perfect the whole weekend, never dropping a set. Alberta took home second place after also finishing with a 4-0 record after the round robin. They defeated British Columbia 3-1 in a close semi-final, as Ontario 19U punched their ticket to the final in straight sets over New Brunswick. British Columbia claimed third place with a 3-0 victory of New Brunswick.

Men’s Final Standings

  1. Ontario 19U
  2. Alberta
  3. British Columbia
  4. New Brunswick
  5. Saskatchewan
  6. Quebec  1
  7. Ontario 18U
  8. Manitoba
  9. Quebec 2
  10. Nova Scotia

Alberta 17U took home first place honours from the Women’s NTCC in Winnipeg over the weekend, with a 3-1 win over Ontario 1. The two teams came out of pool A with identical 3-1 records; however Ontario 1 finished with the top seed after winning the head-to-head matchup. Alberta 17U defeated Ontario 2 3-0 in the quarterfinals, and rolled through the semis past British Columbia, the top seeded team in pool B with a 3-0 victory. Ontario 1 won a four set semi-final against Alberta 18U to make their way to the final. British Columbia claimed third place with a 3-0 win over Alberta 18U. 

Women’s Final Standings

  1. Alberta 17U
  2. Ontario 1
  3. British Columbia
  4. Alberta 18U
  5. Manitoba
  6. New Brunswick
  7. Ontario 2
  8. Quebec
  9. Saskatchewan
  10. Nova Scotia