Volleyball Canada, in partnership with the Langley Events Centre, is proud to host the inaugural U23 Pan American Men’s Volleyball Cup, which runs Sept. 25-30, 2012, at the LEC.
The lineup will include U-23 National Teams from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, the Dominican Republic.
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
Canada, whose senior team is currently ranked No. 16 in FIVB rankings, 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.
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
Mexico – FIVB Senior Ranking – 23rd
Dominican Republic – FIVB Senior Ranking – 92nd