Canada spiked in women’s world volleyball championships opener

OSAKA, Japan - Team Canada showed flashes of brilliance Friday but a couple of lengthy lapses were detrimental in a 25-19, 25-19, 25-14 loss to South Korea in its first round robin match at the 2010 FIVB World Women's Volleyball Championships.

The loss is a costly one as 21st ranked South Korea is one of the teams number-24 Canada is expected to battle for the coveted fourth spot and a trip to the second round from its pool.

On Friday, the first lapse came during the opening set as
Canada gave up six consecutive points to fall behind 11-17. A similar lapse, this one after trailing 16-11 during the second set, seemed to deflate Canada for good.

"We made four or five errors in a row and these are the valleys that you can't have internationally - not at a world championship," said Team
Canada head coach Arnd Ludwig. "Our passing was good until the third set, and then it dipped. We played good defence, tactically our serving was okay, but we have to put a little more pressure on the serves."

Finding a way to avoid those valleys will be integral as
Canada returns to action in Pool D on Saturday at 5 a.m. EDT against China, the third-ranked team in the tournament. The Chinese got their wake-up call Friday as they were shocked by 22nd ranked Turkey.

"Those lapses are something we've been working on all season," said Team
Canada captain Tammy Mahon of Holland, Man. "It's something that we tend to struggle with. It comes from needing to be a bit more aggressive and believing we can take sets from these top teams. We believe we can do it, that's for sure.

"It was our first match, so everybody was battling a bit of nerves and excitement. It was exciting for us. For everybody on the team, it's their first world championship. We're disappointed with the result. We can play better than we did. There was a chance for us to win that match and we'll work on improving."


Outside hitter Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., led the way for
Canada, with 14 kills and two blocks, while Tiffany Dodds of Lucky Lake, Sask., chipped in with seven kills.

"We could have played a lot better, but it's an experience we have to learn from," added Team
Canada middle Tasha Holness of Calgary. "Our blocking needs to be better. We're definitely a better blocking team than we showed and that has to change. We just have to cut down on our errors."

South Korea got a game-high 16 kills from Youn-Joo Hwang and 14 kills and one block from Yeon-Koung Kim.

In other pool D matches, the Turks were the day’s headline hammering China 19-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-17 while defending champions Russia bounced the Dominican Republic in four sets.

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)