Canada’s McNamara twins headed to semifinals

PORTO, Portugal (August 2, 2014) – Seventeen-year-old twin sisters Megan McNamara and Nicole McNamara of Delta, B.C., won their two playoff matches on Saturday to advance to the semifinals at the FIVB U19 World Championships in beach volleyball.

The Canadians, who celebrated their birthday on Friday, went 5-0 this week in the round robin to finish first in Pool A.  That gave them a bye in the round of 32 playoffs on Friday. 

On Saturday they defeated 16th seeds Joy Stubbe and Julia Wouters of the Netherlands 21-19, 21-12 in the round of 16 and fourth-seeds Susannah Muno and Christian Jones of the U.S., 21-19, 12-21, 15-12 in the quarterfinals.

“It’s such an amazing feeling”, said Megan, who will play her first ever FIVB final alongside her sister.   “They (USA) are really a strong team and we had to play our best to win against them.  Overall it was a really tight game but I’m glad we won.’’

The McNamara’s face fifth-seeds Sarah Schneider and Lisa Arnholdt of Germany in one semifinal on Sunday.  The championship final is later Sunday.

‘’All the teams are very strong so we are going to have to play really well,’’ said Nicole. ‘’ We’re going to go for it and a podium finish would be great so we’ll battle for it.”