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Day 2 Summary – ParaVolley PanAmerica Zonal Championship

May 10, 2023: Action continued at the ParaVolley PanAmerica Zonal Championship (May 9 to 13) in Edmonton at the Saville Community Sports Centre.

Both Canada’s women’s and men’s sitting volleyball teams faced North American rivals, USA, and put on a great fight, but lost their respective matches in four sets.

The top teams in both genders from this tournament earn a berth to Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

Results – May 10:
Men – BRA v. ARG 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-11)
Women – CAN v. USA 1-3  (25-18, 16-25, 20-25,11-25)
Men – CAN vs. USA 1-3 (26-28, 22-25, 25-20, 23-25)

May 9 :
Men – BRA v. USA 3-1  (25-20, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23)
Men – CAN v. ARG  3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-11)
Women – CAN v. USA  2-3 (25-21, 25-18, 16-25, 17-25,12-15)
Danielle Ellis, captain (Canada – women): “So far we are definitely building. Yesterday we had a really great match that went to five sets; today we just had a couple of things that we need to clean up, so hopefully we can work on those and come back stronger tomorrow . . We have never done a best of five tournament before so we’re learning as we go…. Every day is a gold-medal match to us, so we’re just trying and pushing – everything matters so it’s really exciting.”

Jeff Smith, men’s head coach: “I am very impressed. Our team is showing that when we stick to a game plan, we own it. We had a few bad errors… but we’re looking forward to playing them (USA) again when it really counts.”

Mikael Bartholdy, player (Canada – men): “It’s great to see how we all came and battled but stayed steady. There were a lot of ups and downs in this match, and everyone stayed confident and battled back when were down. I’m super proud. Everybody’s working together for the same goal; here it’s a good, solid group of guys. It’s a team effort and that’s beautiful to see. We are so excited for the rest of this tournament. We are ready to take that next step and get to Paris.”

May 11 Schedule (local time):
14:00  M – USA v. ARG
16:30  M – CAN v. BRA
19:00  W – CAN vs. USA

Matches are streamed at and on Volleyball Canada’s YouTube channel. Tickets are available at the door!
Canada men’s roster
#2 Mikael Bartholdy — Calgary, AB
#3 Austin Hinchey — Edmonton, AB
#5 Nasif Chowdhury — Toronto, ON
#6 Bryce Foster — Thunder Bay, ON
#7 Douglas Learoyd (C) — Calgary, AB
#9 Andrew Tucker — Brampton, ON
#10 Christopher Bird — Brandon, MB
#11 José Rebelo — Saint-Hubert, Que.
#12 Nicholas Aldrich — Toronto, ON
#14 Connor Compton — Calgary, ON
#19 Jason Beaman — Vancouver, BC
#20 Jesse Buckingham — Toronto, ON
Canada women’s roster
#2 Julie Kozun — Melfort, SK
#3 Danielle Ellis (C) — White Rock, BC
#4 Jennifer Oakes — Calgary, AB
#5 Payden Vair — Cardston, AB
#6 Angelena Dolezar — St. Albert, AB
#7 Anne Fergusson — Carleton Place, ON
#9 Sarah Melenka — Vegreville, AB
#10 Jayme Lepp — Vancouver, BC
#11 Heidi Peters — Neerlandia, AB
#14 Katelyn Wright — Edmonton, AB
#15 Felicia Voss-Shafiq — Burnaby, BC
#16 Jennifer McCreesh — Smithers, BC
#17 Allison Lang — Edmonton, AB
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