Canada's Women's Team 0-2 in FIVB World Grand Prix

July 26, 2014

LIMA, Peru:  Despite a nice comeback in the second set, Canada couldn't hold off Poland today in Grand Prix (Pool J) action losing 3-1 (25-15, 14-25, 25-21, 25-11) at Eduardo Dibos arena in Lima. 

It was Poland’s second victory of 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, as the team overcame Belgium yesterday in four sets. Canada, however, is now 0-2.

"Poland played very organized and disciplined," said Canada’s coach Arnd Ludwig. "They served very tough and we couldn't run a fast offense in the first set because of our reception. In the second set, we made some adjustments, and our passing became better and we started with tougher serves. We need to take more risks in our attack when we play against teams like Poland, as they execute technically and tactically on a very high level. We need to learn from this experience." 

Katarzyna Zaroslinska of Poland was top scorer in the match with 16 points, followed by Agnieszka Kakolweska and Aleksandra Wojcik with 12 each. Canada's Britney Page (Vernon, BC), Tabitha Love (Dauphin, MB), Lucy Charuk (Tsawwassen, BC) and Shanice Marcelle (Victoria, BC) each had nine points. Canada’s Love played in Poland this past pro season.
 
On Sunday, Poland will play host country Peru, and Canada faces Belgium.
 
Yesterday, Peru made the most of its home court advantage to defeat Canada 3-1, (25-21, 25-18, 25-27, 25-16). The two teams met earlier this year, when Canada claimed victory with a 3-1 win in the Pan American Cup in Mexico, but Canada’s game was not on the mark last night. Due to the amount of errors (34), “it was not a good game for us,” Canada’s coach  Ludwig said in the post-game press conference.
 
Lucy Charuk was the top contributor for Canada with 12 points.  On Peru’s side, Angela Leyva had a match-high of 16 points. 

Canada’s match against Belgium in Peru tomorrow will be a delayed broadcast; check your local Sportsnet listings: http://www.sportsnet.ca/schedule/

This is the second time Canada has played in World Grand Prix – the FIVB’s prestigious tournament for women’s indoor volleyball -  the previous appearance came in 2003 and resulted in 11th place overall.

More info on Grand Prix, including stats, photos and live scoring at www.fivb.org

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