Canadian twin sisters win world bronze

PORTO, Portugal (August 3, 2014)– Twin sisters Megan and Nicole McNamara of Delta, B.C.,  won the bronze medal with a 21-16, 21-12 win over Kristyna Adamcikova and Katerina Valkova from the Czech Republic on Sunday at the FIVB U19 World Championships in beach volleyball.

 It was the first career international medal for the Canadians, whose best result so far was 17th place at the U21 in Larnaka last week.

“It’s surreal, it is almost like a dream”, said Megan. “Our goal was a medal and we got it. I am very happy.  I think we just played a better game. We really have given our best and we felt in control the whole time.’’

Next for the Canadian girls, are the Youth Olympic Games later this month in China.

“In a couple of weeks we’re going to be in China so hopefully we are going to get another medal there”, said Megan.

Earlier Sunday the Canadians lost their only match of the tournament falling to fifth seeds Sarah Schneider and Lisa Arnholdt of Germany 21-14, 21-19. The McNamara’s had strung together seven wins to open the tournament.

 In the final, the Germans fell to Eduarda Santos Lisboa  and Andressa Cavalcanti Ramalho of Brazil 21-14, 13-21, 19-17.