Canada’s Women Volleyball Team Shines Despite Paris Olympics Setback


The Canadian women’s volleyball team showcased an impressive performance with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-17) victory over Mexico. Despite their successful effort, Canada’s bid for the 2024 Paris Olympics failed to bear fruit over the weekend.

The victory, marked by stellar performances from Kiera Van Ryk of Surrey, B.C. who contributed 17 points, with Alexa Gray and Hilary Howe, both of Calgary, adding 13 and 12 points respectively, and an 11 points boost by Emily Maglio of Coquitlam, B.C., led Canada to record an encouraging 4-2 overall.

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However, even with this win, Canada could not secure a place for the much-sought Paris Games. The commanding performances of Serbia and the Dominican Republic, both boasting respectable 5-1 records, have undeniably clinched the top two spots, with the Olympic qualification tournament nearing its end. Languishing in the fourth place in Pool A with 11 points, Canada now tails the leading duo by a total of four points.

Given the tough competition in the pool, Canada’s hopes for qualifying are growing slim as they can only gather a maximum of three points from their game against Czechia on Sunday. “We did what we needed to do to come out on top today against Mexico,” reflected Canada coach Shannon Winzer, acknowledging the formidable challenge of emerging victorious after seven games in nine days. “We were able to clinch a three-set win today – not an easy feat, but sometimes that just has to be enough.”

Taking the scenario forward, the Netherlands, matching Canada with an equally competitive 4-2 score but leading by one point, is slated to face the Dominican Republic on Sunday.

In the broader outline of the tournament, six teams from the qualifiers will accompany France, the honored host, to next year’s Olympics. Canada, however, can reignite its hopes of reaching Paris as five additional countries will have the chance to secure their berths via world rankings the ensuing summer, given a triumphant Volleyball Nations League season.

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