Pair might get a chance to compete in beach volleyball Worlds in June
TORONTO – Abbey Thorup, of St. Marys, and her playing partner Iris Fletcher, of London, recently competed in the Volleyball Canada U-21 Beach Volleyball World championship trials here at Beach High Performance Centre in Downsview Park.
The local pair finished second. The first-place team, of Lea Monkhouse and Jasmine Safar, also from Ontario, is guaranteed a spot in the 2019 World championships June 19-23 in Thailand. The second-place team has a chance to go to Thailand as well, but has to apply and to wait to see if Canada gets permission to enter a second team in the tournament. Thorup and Fletcher should know in May if they are able to go.
The first-place team from the trials are two girls who play NCAA Division 1 beach volleyball. One attends UCLA (Monkhouse) and the second is at the University of Arizona (Safar).
Twenty-four teams (men and women) competed in the two-day Canadian trials. Johnny Pickett and Ben Kerkhoff, also from Ontario, took the gold among the men.