The Canadian ladies’s volleyball workforce misplaced its second straight sport in Olympic qualifying to Serbia on Tuesday in Ningbo, China.
After defeating the ninth-ranked Netherlands within the opener, No. 11 Canada fell to No. 10 Dominican Republic on Sunday earlier than being downed by third-ranked Serbia 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-21), a workforce that has but to lose a set by way of its 3-0 begin to sit atop Pool A within the Olympic qualification event.
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Within the first set, Calgary’s Alexa Grey was in a position to maintain Canada shut with a pair assaults to convey the deficit to 19-17 and 21-18, however the highly effective Serbian squad pulled away to win its seventh straight set of the event 25-19.
Tijana Boškovic dominated the second set for Serbia, connecting on 9 factors, together with a set-winning assault to double Serbia’s lead heading into the third sport.
Canada responded properly with their backs in opposition to the wall, holding a lead at 9-7 – their first multi-point lead of the match – after which taking a 12-11 lead on a controversial level by Grey, the place she appeared to execute a dig that the Serbians protested touched the bottom, then adopted it up with an assault to take the purpose.
Grey led Canada with 9 factors, whereas Boškovic was immense for Serbia with 24 factors – 19 assault factors, one block, and 4 serve factors.
Canada is again in motion Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. ET in opposition to No. 6 China, which additionally carries an undefeated file in Pool A at 2-0. The match will likely be streamed reside on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports activities app and CBC Gem.
Path again to the Olympics
Canada wants a top-two end in its group to qualify for the Paris Olympics subsequent summer time, whereas six different spots will likely be out there through world rating subsequent yr.
Canada final certified for the Olympic ladies’s volleyball event in Atlanta 1996, ending ninth.
Qualifying for Paris would take the Canadian workforce to an abroad Video games for the primary time. Aside from Atlanta, Canada solely featured in Olympic ladies’s volleyball in Los Angeles 1984 and Montreal 1976, ending eighth in each occasions.
- Kiera Van Ryk — Surrey, B.C.
- Vicky Savard — Jonquière, Que.
- Julia Murmann — Toronto
- Jazmine White — Oshawa, Ont.
- Alicia Ogoms — Winnipeg
- Alexa Grey — Calgary
- Andrea Mitrovic — Mississauga, Ont.
- Brie King — Langley, B.C.
- Hilary Howe — Calgary
- Shaïnah Joseph — Ottawa
- Kacey Jost — St. Albert, Alta.
- Emily Maglio — Coquitlam, B.C.
- Avery Heppell — Langley, B.C.
- Quinn Pelland — Wanham, Alta.