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OVA at the Tokyo Olympics

By Ontario Volleyball, 07/21/21, 11:00AM EDT


The 2020 Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8 in Tokyo, Japan with volleyball represented in both indoor and beach competitions. The Men's National indoor team will represent Canada in the tournament which begins on Saturday, July 24 at the Ariake Arena. Placed in Pool A with Iran, Italy, Japan, Poland and Venezuela, indoor volleyball will begin with preliminary rounds until Tuesday, August 3 when quarterfinals begin. The Men's tournament will finish on Saturday, August 7 with Bronze and Gold medal matches.

On the sand, Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes and Heather Bansley & Brandie Wilkerson will compete for Canada in beach volleyball tournament at Shiokaze Park, which also begins on July 24 with preliminary pool play. Pavan/Melissa, the #1 ranked team in the Olympic Rankings are seeded in Pool A with Germany, the Netherlands, Russia and Switzerland. Bansley/Brandie are in Pool C alongside Argentina, Brazil, China. The Round of 16 matches will succeed preliminaries on Sunday, August 1 which will be followed by Quarterfinals on Tuesday, August 3. The Women's medal matches will conclude on Friday, August 6.

First Match-ups

Event Date (Local) Time (EST) Team
Indoor Volleyball July 23 9:00 p.m. Canada vs. Italy
Beach Volleyball July 24 11:00 p.m. Pavan/Melissa (CAN) vs. Stam/Schoon (NED)
Beach Volleyball July 25 7:00 a.m. Bansley/Wilkerson (CAN) vs. Wang/X.Y.Xia (CHN)

Eight Ontario athletes have been named to the Canadian National team across the two disciplines, plus one coach on the Men's indoor team and one on the Women's Beach coaching staff.

Men's Volleyball Team

Name Hometown
Arthur Szwarc Toronto, ON
Sharone Vernon-Evans Scarborough, ON
Stephen Maar Aurora, ON
TJ Sanders London, ON
Daniel Lewis (Assistant Coach) Oakville, ON

Beach Volleyball Team

Name Hometown
Brandie Wilkerson Toronto, ON
Heather Bansley Waterdown, ON
Melissa Humana-Paredes Toronto, ON
Sarah Pavan Kitchener, ON
Adam Schulz (Coach) St. Catharines, ON

The Games will be aired on CBC

Good luck to all Ontario volleyball athletes competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics!