Inexperience costs Canadians at women’s volleyball worlds

OSAKA, Japan - Canada squandered set point twice in the second set and lost to the Dominican Republic on Wednesday  21-25, 28-26, 25-11, 25-20 to complete the 24-country women's world volleyball championships with an 0-5 record.

Canada, ranked 24th in the world, finishes sixth in its preliminary pool. The top four advanced to the second round.

The end of the second set was the match’s turning point. The Canadians had two set points and would have taken a 2-0 advantage in the match.   However the Dominicans showed resilience and won the set to gain momentum.

“We had a chance to take a 2-0 lead but didn't do it,” said Canada’s head coach Arnd Ludwig. “I'm proud of my players; they improved a lot during this tournament.”

Canada held a 16-13 lead in the first set. The Dominicans, ranked 11th, came back to equalize at 16-16, but Canada pull ahead to win the set 25-21.

“We started well,” said Canadian team captain Tammy Mahon of Holland, Man. “It was the same as yesterday. We didn't react well. This tournament was a great experience for us.”

Tiffany Dodds of Lucky Lake, Sask., led Canada with 14 points. Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., and Tasha Holness of Calgary, who notched four service aces, added 12 points apiece. It was the first world championships for all the Canadian team members.

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)