Ottawa, ON : Canada has confirmed its roster for the 17th FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship (Sept. 23 to Oct.12), which will take place in the cities of Bari, Milan, Modena, Rome, Trieste and Verona.
“We are very excited to play at the World Championship,” said Canada’s women’s team head coach, Arnd Ludwig. “I had to make some tough decisions when choosing the roster of 14 players, as all our athletes have worked very hard in training.
My hope is that our practice and playing in Grand Prix this summer will pay off for us during this important tournament.”
A total of 24 teams will compete for the title following continental qualifications, which saw a record 141 teams take part. The host country is automatically qualified for the quadrennial event, which leaves 23 vacancies open for other countries.
Canada’s pool will be a challenge as it includes world-ranked number one Brazil, Serbia (8), Turkey (11), Bulgaria (35) and Cameroon (27).
“We will enjoy every single match against these top teams and we want to play each on our best level,” said Ludwig, who is in Slovenia with his team for pre-Worlds training.
Canada, currently ranked 21st in the world, is in Pool B and its opening match will be against Cameroon on Sept. 23. in Trieste. More information can be found at http://italy2014.fivb.org/ (web cast information is yet to be confirmed.)
The competition will see four teams from Asia, two from Africa, ten (including the host, Italy) from Europe, two from South America and six from the North, Central America and Caribbean. The participating teams will compete against each other in 102 matches that will take place over 15 days.
Team Canada – 2014 World Women’s World Championship
Brittney Page (Kelowna, BC) (right side)
Lisa Barclay (Brandon, MB) (right side)
Kyla Richey (Robert’s Creek, BC)
Tabitha Love (Dauphin, MB)
Shanice Marcelle (Victoria, BC)
Dana Cranston (Fort St. John, BC)
Lucy Charuk (Tsawwassen, BC)
Rebecca Pavan (Kitchener, ON)
Marisa Field (Kelowna, BC)
Jaimie Thibeault (Sylvan Lake, AB)
Jennifer Lundquist (Surrey, BC)
Megan Cyr (St. Andrews, MB)
Janie Guimond (Becancour, QC)
Tesca Andrew-Wasylik (Unionville, ON)
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