Langley, BC (ISN) – With less than two weeks to go before the opening serve of the inaugural U-23 Pan American Men’s Volleyball Cup, the Langley Events Centre and its partners officially announced the competition schedule Monday.
The six-day tournament, which will feature teams from Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Dominicana and Canada, will be comprised of a complete round robin over the first five days – with games being played at 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – followed by three playoff games on the sixth and final day of competition.
After the round robin portion of the tournament, each of the six teams will play a playoff game Sept. 30. The top two teams from the round robin will play in the gold medal game (5:00 p.m. PDT), the third and fourth place teams will play in the bronze medal game (3:00 p.m.) and the fifth and sixth place teams will play in the fifth place game (1:00 p.m.). All games will be played in the arena at the Langley Events Centre.
Canada, which will be represented by the Trinity Western University men’s volleyball team, will open the tournament against Mexico Sept. 25. The Spartans, who will don the maple leaf for the second time in as many years – having represented Canada last fall at the 2011 FIVB Club World Championship in Doha, Qatar –, have a schedule that will feature marquee matches in the latter portion of the week as they will play volleyball power Brazil Sept. 28 and highly-touted Argentina Sept. 29.
In another not-to-be-missed feature match-up, Brazil and Argentina will play Sept. 27 at 6:00 p.m.
Canada’s Schedule (all of Canada’s round robin games start at 8:00 p.m.)
Sept. 25 – Canada vs. Mexico
Sept. 26 – Canada vs. Venezuela
Sept. 27 – Canada vs. Dominicana
Sept. 28 – Canada vs. Brazil
Sept. 29 – Canada vs. Argentina
Sept. 30 – Playoffs
The U-23 Pan American Cup will feature some of the 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. The event will feature the stars of tomorrow, with many potential competitors on their way to eventually representing their countries at the senior level.
FIVB Senior Rankings as per August 13, 2012
Brazil – FIVB Senior Ranking – 1st
Argentina – FIVB Senior Ranking – 9th
Canada – FIVB Senior Ranking – 18th
Venezuela – FIVB Senior Ranking – 20th
Mexico – FIVB Senior Ranking – 23rd
Dominicana – FIVB Senior Ranking – 93rd
FIVB Junior & Youth Rankings as per January 4, 2012
Argentina – FIVB Junior & Youth Ranking – 2nd
Brazil – FIVB Junior & Youth Ranking – 6th
Canada – FIVB Junior & Youth Ranking – 19th
Venezuela – FIVB Junior & Youth Ranking – 19th
Mexico – FIVB Junior & Youth Ranking – 25th
Dominicana – FIVB Junior & Youth Ranking – 28th
To buy tickets for the U-23 Pan American Volleyball Cup, go to www.langleyeventscentre.com.
About the U-23 Pan American Cup
The U-23 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.
About Langley Events Centre
The Langley Events Centre (LEC) is a 260,483 square foot state of the art facility, which includes an Arena Bowl, Triple Gymnasium, Banquet Hall and Meeting Spaces all in one. Opened in 2009 with the latest technology, the LEC is home to Trinity Western University Athletics (Basketball, Volleyball and Hockey), the Langley Rivermen of the BC Hockey League, the Langley Thunder of the Western Lacrosse Association and the Langley Junior Thunder of the BC Junior A Lacrosse League. Many organizations call the LEC home including Basketball BC, Langley Sports Medicine Clinic, Tourism Langley, MLA Rich Coleman, the Langley Gymnastics Foundation, RE Mountain Secondary School, and the Willoughby Community Centre. The facility has hosted events such as the 2010 BC Summer Games, 2011 CIS Men’s Volleyball National Championships, the 2011 World Junior A Hockey Challenge, the 2012 World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling, the 2012 TELUS Junior Girls Basketball Provincial Championships, the 2011 and 2012 BC High School Boys’ AAA Basketball Championships, presented by TELUS, and multiple Provincial Gymnastics Championships. The LEC is also proud to be host to the 2012 U-23 Pan American Men’s Volleyball Cup and the 2013 BC AAA Girls Basketball Championships, presented by TELUS. For a complete list of previous and upcoming events, please visit www.langleyeventscentre.com