Heartbreaking loss for Canada at Grand Prix

LEUVEN, Belgium (August 3, 2014) – Just 24 hours after its historic victory over Argentina, Canada’s national women’s volleyball lost a five-set nail biter to the Netherland at the FIVB Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Dutch squeaked out a 15-25, 25-20, 25-19, 21-25, 15-9 victory over a fired up Canadian squad.  On Saturday, Canada overcame a 0-2 deficit to defeat Argentina for its ever victory in the Grand Prix tournament, this season’s most important event.

‘’Both teams had difficult matches on Saturday, but our first victory in the World Grand Prix gave us a boost,’’ said Canada’s head coach Arnd Ludwig.  ‘’We could put some pressure with our serves and we played really well. I saw a lot of progress in our team. Perhaps in the second and the third set we played too much through our outside players and in the tiebreak we missed some experience in this situations, but I hope we can go further on, on this way,” 

Shanice Marcelle led the Canadian attack with 17 points, Brittney Page of Vernon, B.C., added 15, Lucille Charuk of Tsawwassen, B.C., and Rebecca Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., 14 each and Kyla Richey of Robert’s Creek, B.C., 13.

“We are playing better and better in this tournament,’’ said Marcelle. ‘’Perhaps today was our best game of the tournament. The victory against Argentina gave us a boost.”

Canada now has a 1-5 record in tournament play.

For the third week of competition in the intercontinental tournament the Canadians face Cuba, Argentina and Peru from Friday to Sunday in Buenos Aires.