The BC Blue provincial team at 2022 Canada Cup. Photo submitted

The BC Blue provincial team at 2022 Canada Cup. Photo submitted

Nelson volleyball player part of BC team at Canada Cup

The event featured over 40 teams from across the country

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Atlyn Proctor of Nelson was selected from 72 athletes for the BC provincial volleyball team at the beginning of July. The tryout was a four-day event and the selected players trained as two teams for 10 days in Kamloops at Thompson Rivers University.

BC sent two boys and girls U16/17 teams to the Canada Cup July 21-24 in Calgary at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex & Jim Starlight Centre in the Tsuut’ina Nation, located just southwest of Calgary.

The Canada Cup brought together Canada’s next generation of high-performance athletes to compete for their home province/territory in a national championship.

The event featured over 40 teams, including both male and female athletes on a national scale, in two divisions, including a Canada Games division which represented all 13 provinces and territories.

The Canada Cup is a critical piece of the talent development process in Canada with over 300 athletes per gender covering a four year age span in the high-performance pathway.

Opening match for Atlyn’s Team BC blue team on Thursday was a 3-0 win against Alberta followed by a loss in five games to Manitoba Gold losing 16-14 in the 5th set but still advanced to the power pool after placing second in their pool.

On Friday team BC blue beat New Brunswick in five sets and then lost to Newfoundland Labrador in five sets.

On Saturday team BC blue lost to PEI 1-3 followed by a thrilling match against the higher seeded BC Red team winning three games to 1. Scores were 25-13, 25-15, 9-25 and 25-22 for the Blue team.

The final match on Sunday morning was against the same New Brunswick team but they lost 3-0. Team BC blue ended up finishing 6th overall in division two and BC red was 7th.