Canada headed to Russia for women’s Olympic qualifier

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Canada’s women’s team is set for the Intercontinental Olympic Volleyball Qualification tournament to be held in Kaliningrad, Russia, in early August.

Canada kicks off the tournament (Pool E) against Korea, followed by host Russia the next day, and then Mexico.

There will be six qualification tournaments per gender held this year for indoor volleyball. The women’s (August 1-4) and men’s (August 9-11) tournaments are taking place for each gender in the following locations: Poland, China, USA, Brazil, Russia and Italy for the women and Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Russia and China for the men.

Each pool features four national teams competing in a single round-robin system over three match days. Following the single round robin, the highest placed National Federation of each will earn a ticket to Tokyo 2020.

Roster: 

#1 Jessie Niles, Turner Valley, AB
#3 Kiera Van Ryk, Surrey, BC
#4 Kyla Richey (C), Roberts Creek, B.C.
#5 Danielle Smith, Beaverlodge, AB
#9 Alexa Gray, Calgary, AB
#11 Andrea Mitrovic, Mississauga, ON
#12 Jennifer Cross, Scarborough, ON
#13 Brie O’Reilly (King), Langley, BC
#15 Sarah Chase, Campbell River, BC
#16 Shainah Joseph, Ottawa, ON
#17 Kristen Moncks, Standard, AB
#19 Marie-Alex Bélanger, Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, QC
#20 Alicia Perrin, Creston, BC
#23 Emily Maglio, Coquitlam, BC

Staff
Head Coach: Tom Black
Assistant Coach: Ben Josephson
Assistant Coach: Jeff Baxter
Athletic Trainer: Fraser Perry
Team Leader: Kerry MacDonald