Megan and Nicole McNamara are headed to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Rome this summer.
The 24-year-old twins from Tsawwassen secured their spots on the world stage by winning silver at last weekend’s North Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Punta Cana Qualifier in the Dominican Republic.
In a nail-biting duel, the McNamaras fell 24-22, 25-23 to Cuba’s Leila Martinez and Lidy Echeverria in a gold medal match that lasted 49 minutes. They had earlier booked their spot in the finals with a straight set win ( 21-10, 21-11) over Taylor Nutterfield and Melanie Valenciano of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The South Delta Secondary graduates went 2-0 in preliminary pool play with wins over Dominican Republic’s Julibeth Payano and Jeneiry del Rosario (21-10, 21-18) and Trinidad & Tobago’s La Teisha Joseph and Apphia Glasgow (21-10, 21-8).
The McNamaras turned pro after decorated All-American careers at UCLA where they led the Bruins to back-to-back NCAA national championships in their junior and senior years.
They are also considered two of the greatest athletes to come through SDSS, leading Sun Devil teams to four consecutive provincial titles, including three at the senior level.
The FIVB World Championships will take place in June.