The McNamaras are enjoying their World Tour Transition
CHETUMAL, Mexico, October 27, 2018 – After finishing a solid
youth career, Nicole and Megan McNamara have tested new waters
in 2018 as the Canadian twins played for the first time in the
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.
The 21-year-old players, who claimed a silver medal at the 2014
Youth Olympics and bronze at U-19 and U-21 World Championships
in 2014 and 2016, are closing their first international calendar
year this week at the Chetumal Open, where they are set to play
for the bronze medal.
Megan and Nicole played in six events along the year and they
did well in most of them, including a semifinal appearance in
the one-star event in Bangkok in May and a top-5 finish in the
three-star Tokyo tournament in July.
“It was a lot of ups and downs,” Megan explained. “It’s a whole
different game from the one we are used to. It’s a huge step
from the age-group tournaments we had played before and we
really had to push ourselves, we learned a lot and we’re excited
for the years that will come. We tried to find our best and not
be a team that we are not. “
The twins’ insertion into the international scene, however,
happens in a moment when Canada is one of the stronger forces in
the women’s game with the teams of Heather Bansley/Brandie
Wilkerson and Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes both standing
among the best in the planet.
If at the same their compatriots’ success is source of
inspiration for NcNamaras, it is also a hurdle between an
automatic main draw berth for their team.
“It makes it tougher for us, but it’s also great for the
program,” Megan added. “It’s really inspiring for us growing up
and watching these older girls play and knowing that our
national team is doing so well. It’s becoming more recognized as
a sport in Canada and that’s a great thing for Canadian beach
Before they complete their full transition to the World Tour,
however, there is something they still want to accomplish. Stars
for the UCLA college program that won the American National
Championship earlier this year, Megan and Nicole want to do it
again in 2019.
“We still have one more year of college ahead of us and after
that we’ll be playing internationally full-time,” Nicole
commented. “But before that we want to win the National
Championship with the UCLA one more time.”