The Volleybal Canada 14U West Open is on at Tradex this weekend from Friday through Sunday. Doors open at 7 am each day and the day’s activities wrap up at 9 pm.
This weekend Volleyball BC is excited to host the 2013 14U Canadian West Open welcoming teams from across the West to compete for the title of National champions! With nearly 100 teams in action from BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Yukon, Saskatchewan and Ontario, including 6 Provincial Champions – it will be a top weekend of action here at the Fraser Valley Tradex.
Thursday night saw the glitzy Opening Ceremony – after the teams were introduced Mayor of Abbotsford Dr Bruce Banham welcomed all to his city and wished the squads the best of luck. Mayor Banham was then followed on the stage by Mission local, Olympic Bronze Medalist Brent Hayden. Brent gave a truly inspiring speech detailing his journey to the pinnacle of elite swimming and the crowd were treated to a rerun of his London 2012 100m Freestyle 3rd place finish and a glimpse of the medal itself!
Yesterday saw the official start of competition with round one of pool play and a first chance for the BC teams to check out the competition from the rest of the Western provinces.
In the 14U Boys Competition, top two British Columbia teams, Force and Focus Rebels had a strong start winning all their games in straight sets to make the one of top modified Power Pool for Day 2. They will face Nooks and Alberta 2013 Champions Canuck Fertatoday to battle in out for the top ranking spots in the Tier 1 Playoffs. BC Provincial Bronze medalists Orangemen Juice also began their Nationals competition on a high to win their pool – they face the hard hitting Manitoba 2013 Champions Winman Warriors team, silver medalists Winman Tornadoes and Canuck Zing today.
In 14U Girls Division 1, BC #1 team Coquitlam Ducks Bryan also remained unbeaten in Pool A but had to stay strong under some tough challenges from Edmonton’s FOG Hawks and BC’s Airborne. In Pool C Calgary’s 403 Selects pulled off an upset overturning Alberta’s Provincial Champions Canuck Spark to take first place and force Spark into second. Seaside Wahine also played smart to pull off a convincing victory against Manitoba #1 Mavericks and win Pool B.
Travelling Ontario team LVC Fire Intensity also look to be an early contender for a medal, going 3 and 0 in their pool to join Ducks Bryan in Pool AA today. Pool AA to DD will playoff for seeding into Tier 1 and 2 this morning – with EE to HH for placing into Tier 3 and 4.
In Division 2, the title is anyone’s with several very tight 3 set battles and not a single team managing to win all their sets. Early favorites look to be Selkirk Royals (MB), Ducks Melissa, Focus Hurricanes and Powell River Aces all topping their pools.
Division 3 sees several of BC’s top 13U teams competing – moving away from Tripleball for the first time this season. Although the majority have not made it into 1st and 2nd place, spectators have been treated to a very high standard of play from our youngest players with excellent passing allowing setters to spread the ball to their hitters. An all Ducks game late last night thrilled the crowd with a tight victory for Ducks Mary 15-10 in the third. Looking strong for a medal in the Division are FOG Infinity, Seaside Moana, Raincity Rush and 13U Altruista Black, all of whom sealed their first place finish late last night.
Today teams will compete in modified power pools, with playoffs taking place on Sunday.
Follow the live results stream herron Volleyball Canada’s website.
May 10-12, 2013
Friday: Doors open 7am Games start: 8:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday: Doors open 7am Games start: 8:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday: Doors open 7am Games start: 8:00am – 9:00pm
Day Pass $12.00
Weekend Pass: $30.00
Child under 13 Free