July 10, 2014(ISN) : North Bay, Ontario, is all set to host the next stop on the NORCECA
(North America, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation) beach
volleyball tour (July 11 to 13).
Twenty-five teams from NORCECA member countries, including the United States, Costa
Rica, Barbados, Trinidad and others, have arrived in the city to kick-off this
From Canada, there are four each of male and female teams.
The up-and-coming team of Melissa Humana-Paredes of Toronto and Taylor Pischke of
Winnipeg have had a solid season so far, including a bronze medal performance at the
Under-23 World Championships, and hope to build on this trend on home soil.
“We’re really pleased with how we’ve started and how we’ve progressed this season.
We haven’t dipped, we’ve kind of maintained our high level of play and we’ve gotten
some pretty good results along the way,” said Humana-Paredes. “Playing at home,
there’s no better feeling. The only other time I played at home at an international
level was in Halifax at the (junior) worlds and it’s incredible…. It’s like having
another person on the court with you, and you have all the support and everybody’s
The other female teams from Canada are Victoria Altomare of Toronto, ON and Julie
of Barrie, ON; Kacie MacTavish and Caleigh Whitaker, both of Sharon, ON; and Claudia
Séguin of Saint-Pascal Baylon, ON, and Brandie Wilkerson of Toronto, ON.
On the men’s side it’s Olympian Josh Binstock with Sam Schachter, both of Richmond
Hill, ON; Sam Pedlow of Barrie, ON, and Grant O’Gorman of Scarborough, ON; James
Battiston of Mississauga, ON and Simon Fecteau-Boutin Lévis, QC; and Cam Wheelan of
Barrie, ON and Michael Plantinga of Langley, BC
“It’s really great after travelling and being in different countries, to be able to
drive to an event in my own car,” said Pedlow.
The pair of Pedlow and O’Gorman have been to major tournaments in China and Russia, among others, this year. “North Bay
seems really excited to have this event and we’re looking forward to competing in
our home country.”
Competition starts each day at 9 am on three courts set up on Marathon Beach on Lake Nipissing. Finals are held on Sunday.
The event, which also serves as a test event for the Toronto 2015 Pan American
Games, is co-hosted by Volleyball Canada and the Vision Volleyball Club of North