Canada feels better about its play in loss to China at women’s world volleyball championships

OSAKA, Japan - Team Canada fell to 0-2 at the 2010 FIVB World Women's Volleyball Championship on Saturday.

Although the set scores didn't reflect it,
Canada showed some subtle improvements as they lost in straight sets to third-ranked China by scores of 25-16, 25-19 and 25-10.

"We did a lot better in our transition game and our blocking," said Team
Canada head coach Arnd Ludwig. "The girls were way more disciplined in following the game plan. That was the goal for today's game. When China is playing like this, we can't beat them right now. Everybody has to be 100% and then we might have a chance. But what we did in the first two sets was pretty good.

"The team effort was a lot better."


Canada, currently ranked 24th, returns to action on Sunday at 2:30 a.m. EST against Russia, who improved to 2-0 after defeating Turkey 3-1 on Saturday and is tied for top spot in Pool D with South Korea. Yimei Wang was a dominant force for China, collecting 19 points on 16 kills, two blocks and a service ace.

Tiffany Dodds led team
Canada offensively with seven kills and three blocks, while Sarah Pavan had seven kills, one block and an ace.

"Against these teams, there's an adaptation period where you just have to adapt to their style," added Team
Canada captain Tammy Mahon. "But we're focusing too much on what the opposition is doing rather than what we can do. We forget that we also are really good and just have to do what we do. We need to be more assertive."

Prior to the match, Ludwig urged his players to be more demonstrative and show more fire between points and it was mission accomplished on that front.


"Our body language on the court was like the team that I know," said Ludwig. "There were some good rallies. We had some good digs. There are some balls where I think we should go with some more risk, where we are hesitating or setting the ball over instead of hitting. But I'm encouraged.


"We took a step up and now we need to take the next step."


Through two days of competition, Pool D remains wide open.


After the two teams at 2-0,
China and Turkey are tied for third place at 1-1, while Canada and the
Dominican Republic are tied for fifth place at 0-2.

Only the four top teams in Pool D advance to the second round of competition.

Canadian roster for women’s world volleyball championships October 29-November 10 in Japan.

Setters

Lauren O’Reilly (Langley, BC), Carla Bradstock (Richmond, BC)

Outside Hitters

Tammy Mahon (Holland, MB), Tiffany Dodds (Lucky Lake, SK), Sarah Pavan (Kitchener, ON), Brittney Page (Vernon, BC), Kyla Richey (Roberts Creek, BC), Tonya Mokelki (Weyburn, SK)

Middle

Marisa Field (Kelowna, BC), Nadine Alphonse (Montreal, QC), Tasha Holness (Calgary, AB), Jennifer Hinze (Vancouver, BC)

Libero

Julie Young (Red Deer, AB), Janie Guimond (Becancour, QC)