Canada suffers heartbreaking loss to host Poland at women’s volleyball worlds


Canada’s third match at the FIVB women’s volleyball world championship Phase 2 ended up in a failed comeback bid and a disappointing 3-2 loss to host Poland in Łódź on Friday.

The Canadian facet discovered itself ready to seize the win within the fourth set, however the try to win three straight units after dropping the primary one fell quick.

Head coach Shannon Winzer’s crew misplaced the opening body 18-25, however managed to edge out the loud assist of the house followers to mount a comeback at 2-1 with commanding 25-19 and 25-16 wins within the second and third units, respectively.

“We had been in a position to put Poland underneath numerous strain and that is what noticed us by way of to a fifth set,” stated head coach Shannon Winzer. “Our efficiency within the fifth set shouldn’t be a mirrored image of how we performed that recreation. We had a robust exhibiting towards a really sturdy facet.

“Poland is taking part in assured volleyball proper now,” added Winzer.

A 23-25 loss adopted, nevertheless, serving to the Polish squad recuperate its confidence and take the tie breaker, 15-5.

“As a lot as it is not the outcome we needed, there are nonetheless numerous positives to take from this match,” Winzer stated.

Kiera Van Ryk, of Surrey, B.C., led Canada with 21 factors. Calgary’s Alexa Gray added 20. Fellow Calgarian Hilary Howe tallied in double digits as properly, with 14.

Howe scored three block factors, a team-high within the match that served as half of Canada’s.

Magdalena Stysiak had 25 factors to lead the hosts. The 21-year-old had 5 block factors. Kamila Witkowska and Agnieszka Korneluk, who added 15 and 12 factors, respectively, registered six block factors every, serving to Poland edge Canada 20 to 6 within the stat.

The heartbreak defeat left a few of the Canadian gamers wanting disenchanted and worn out, just a few laying within the court docket, after the match.

Canada dropped to 1-2 in Phase 2 play with one recreation to go, a match-up towards the Dominican Republic at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday. The recreation might be streamed stay on, the free CBC Sports App and CBC Gem.

Canada’s quarter-final possibilities dim

Poland improved to 5-3, at the moment holding a quarter-final spot at fourth place within the Pool F. Canada (4-4) is sixth, proper behind the Dominican Republic (4-4).

The 4 best-ranked nations from every Phase 2 pool will advance to the knockout stage. Serbia (8-8), the U.S. (6-2) and Turkey (6-2) are the best-performing squads in Canada’s pool thus far.

Italy, Brazil, Japan and China are at the moment within the qualifying positions within the Pool E, which video games are held in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The Canadian squad beat Thailand 3-1 on Tuesday to kick begin its Phase 2 marketing campaign on a excessive be aware earlier than being blanked by Turkey 3-0 on Wednesday.

In the primary part, the Canadian ladies misplaced to Serbia, the U.S., and Germany, having topped Kazakhstan and Bulgaria.

Canada is cruising in uncharted territory within the match, having by no means made to the second stage earlier than the present version.

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