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Volleyball Canada is excited to begin the U21 and U19 Women’s programs for 2022.

Women’s U21 Program
Twenty-two of the country’s top junior volleyball players have been selected for the 2022 Women’s Under-21 National Training Team.

The team will train May 25-June 4 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Twelve players will be chosen to compete at the 2022 Women’s U21 Pan American Cup on June 5-13 in Mexico.

Carolyn O’Dwyer, Next Gen Coach with Volleyball Canada, will serve as the U21 head coach and will have assistant coaches Natasha Spaling, assistant coach at the University of Guelph, and Laurie Eisler, head coach at the University of Alberta. Keaton Proud, assistant coach at Queen’s University, will serve as the performance analyst.

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead the U21 National Team this year,” O’Dwyer said. “This is an exciting time for the development of Canadian women’s volleyball, and I can’t wait to get started.  I am very grateful to get to work with some of the best athletes in this age group and work alongside a very talented staff.”

Women’s U21 Training Team
Name (position, province, program)
Mady Saris (OH, Ontario, Indiana University)
Emoni Bush (OH, B.C, Washington University)
Maryn Boldon (OH, Alberta, Trinity Western University)
Tara Garvey (OH, Ontario, Villanova University)
Raya Surinx (OH, Manitoba, University of Manitoba)
Talia Attieh (OH, B.C, Douglas College)
Sullie Sundara (OH, Ontario, McMaster University)
Mackenzie Pool (OH, B.C, University of Alberta)
Olivia Boulding (OH, B.C, University of Montana)
Lauryn Hovey (Opp, Ontario, Bowling Green)
Lucy Borowski (Opp, B.C, UBC)
Jada Hamer (Opp, Alberta, Denver University)
Ava Ebert (MB, Ontario, Western University)
Jessica Andrews (MB, Ontario, Bowling Green)
Jenna Pollock (MB, Ontario, Boston College)
Grace Melnick (MB, Ontario, North Carolina-Wilmington)
Sheridan Coninx (MB, Alberta, University of Calgary)
Viktoria Wahlgren (S, Ontario, University of Utah)
Bella Noble (S, Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University)
Justine Kolody (S, Manitoba, University of Alberta)
Evvia Belireau (L, Alberta, University of Calgary)
Brooke Malek (L, Alberta, University of Albany)

Women’s U19 Program
The top 36 athletes in Canada will be selected to be part of Team Canada U19 for 2022 at the end of May. Identified athletes will train in Calgary, AB from July 6  to July 15. Twelve athletes will travel to Tulsa, OK to compete for Canada at the Pan Am Cup.  Team Canada White and Red will continue in Calgary and compete at the 2022 Canada Cup.

Christine Biggs, Head Coach, University of Calgary, will lead the Pan Am Cup team along with Assistant Coach, Jay Magus, Head Coach, U18 Huskies, SK and Team Leader, Tania Harrison, REP Program Lead, SK. Team Canada White and Red will be lead by Shane Smith, Associate Head Coach at Mt Royal University, and Nathan Janzen, Assistant Coach at McMaster. Volleyball Canada also welcomes Shanice Marcelle, Assistant Coach with York University and Sydney Purvis, Assistant Coach, University of Manitoba as Team Canada Assistant Coaches.

Director of Athlete and Coach Pathways, Dawna Sales said: “With these two programs, along with our Senior and Next Gen team, Volleyball Canada has the opportunity to work with an exceptionally strong group of coaches and athletes as we continue to build the Team Canada women’s pathway to podium success on the international stage.”

For more details, check out Volleyball Canada web site.

Volleyball Canada media contact:
Jackie Skender
Mobile: 613.794.7676