HONG KONG, China, June 13, 2023.- Canada’s women’s team opened week 2 of Volleyball Nations League on Tuesday in Hong Kong with a 3-0 loss to China 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 29-27).
“China is a formidable opponent. In the first two sets, we struggled with first contact and struggled from the baseline. In the third, we started hitting our serves and stayed in system more, as a result we were able to go point for point with one of the strongest teams in this competition,” said head coach Shannon Winzer.
Although Canada led in attack points (41-39), China had the advantage in other categories (7-3 blocks) and (5-2 serves), and benefited from Canada’s errors (28-13).
Team captain Alexa Gray (13 points), Hilary Howe (12 points) and Kiera Van Ryk (10 points) led Canada offensively.
“It’ll be important for us to learn from this game how we responded as a team and individually when things got away from us, but not dwell on this loss,” explained Winzer. “We now need to look forward to our next game versus Bulgaria (June 15) which is an important match up against another challenger team.”
VNL Challenger teams can be relegated and would have to qualify to have a place in the tournament.