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Canada’s women’s team begins VNL next week

May 25, 2023: Canada’s women’s team is set to begin the much-anticipated Volleyball Nations League (VNL) in Antalya, Türkiye, on May 30.

The Canadian team, led by head coach Shannon Winzer, plays its first match against Poland, followed by Thailand, Korea and Serbia.

VNL will be played based on the same competition formula as in 2022, featuring 16 teams per gender. A total of 104 matches per gender will be played across the preliminary and final phases, with every team playing a minimum of 12 matches.

For more on the competition formula:

The women’s preliminary round competition kicks off on May 30 and takes place in Antalya, Nagoya (Japan), Hong Kong (China), Brasilia (Brazil), Suwon (Korea), and Bangkok (Thailand). The women's Finals will follow in Arlington, Texas, USA from July 12 to 16.

Italy won the women’s tournament last year; Canada finished 12th overall.

The first week of the men’s event kicks off in Ottawa, Ontario, at the Arena at TD Place on June 06. The Canadian men’s final roster is yet to be released.

Matches are featured on Volleyball World TV and in Canada at www.cbcsports.ca

VNL Women’s Roster:

4 - Vicky Savard, Jonquière, QC
5 - Julia Murmann, Toronto, ON
6 - Jazmine White, Oshawa, ON
7 - Layne Van Buskirk, Windsor, ON
9 - Alexa Gray, Calgary, AB
11 - Andrea Mitrovic, Mississauga, ON
12 - Jennifer Cross, Scarborough, ON
13 - Brie King, Langley, BC
14 - Hilary Howe, Calgary, AB
15 - Shaïnah Joseph, Ottawa, ON
16 - Caroline Livingston, Kelowna, BC
17 - Kacey Jost, St. Albert, AB
18 - Kim Robitaille, Repentigny, QC
19 - Emily Maglio, Coquitlam, B.C.
21 - Avery Heppell, Langley, B.C. (added after injury to J. Cross) 

Shannon Winzer – Head coach
Vincenzo Mallia – Assistant coach
Matt Krueger – Assistant coach
Gabriele Tortorici – Performance analyst
Kevin Valcke and Hilary Mallinger - Physiotherapists
Jennah Paron – Team Coordinator
Robert Hooper – Trainer (Strength & Conditioning)
Roger Friesen – Mental Performance Coach

Photo: VolleyballWorld

Volleyball Canada Media Contact:
Jackie Skender

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