McNamaras named to Volleyball Canada's Next Generation Team

Tsawwassen twins will begin their first full season on the World Beach Volleyball Tour in 2020

Tsawwassen’s Megan and Nicole McNamara are among four pairs named to Volleyball Canada’s Next Generation Team for the 2020 Beach Volleyball season.

The 22-year-old twins launched their full-time pro beach volleyball careers last summer after a decorated collegiate run at UCLA where they led the Bruins to NCAA National Championships in their junior and senior years.

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They are joined on Canada’s Next Generation or National “B” Team by Shanice Marcelle (Victoria, BC)/Julie Gordon (Barrie, ON), Amanda Harnett (Burlington, ON)/Alina Dormann (Ottawa, ON) and Marie-Christine Lapointe (St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC)/Molly McBain (Toronto, ON).

Named to the National “A” Team are the veteran pairs of Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes and Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson. The all-Ontario teams are coming off outstanding 2019 campaigns.

Pavan/Humana-Parades are ranked No. 1 in the world after their gold medal win at the 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Hamburg Germany. They also won two other World Tour events and were named FIVB’s Most Outstanding Team for the World Tour. The win at Worlds also clinch them a spot in the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.

Bansley/Wilkerson will begin 2020 ranked sixth in the World and also will be headed to Toyko if they maintain that status between now and Olympic ranking deadline in June. Their 2019 competitive season included a pair of bronze medal finishes on the World Tour.

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