Canada battles Brazil in Paralympic Games opener
Aug. 27, 2021: Canada’s women’s sitting volleyball team came out swinging against the 2016 Paralympic bronze medalists, but it was Brazil taking the win today 3-2 (21-25, 26-24, 25-20, 27-29, 17-15) in the tie-break.
“After a long 17 months without an international match, it was important to put on jerseys and compete,” said Nicole Ban, women’s sitting volleyball head coach. “We definitely showed that we could battle out there tonight and have improved throughout the pandemic. It’s not the outcome we wanted but we’re excited to learn from that match and build for the next (on Sunday).”
Canada plays its next Paralympic Games match against Italy on Aug. 29 at 2 pm JST.
Captain Danielle Ellis said: “I’m proud of the strides that this team has made since Peru (ParaPan-Am Games) two years ago. It’s evident how much work each member of this squad has put in and it showed tonight. Does that mean that was good enough? Heck no! But we know what we need to do and we’re ready to come out fighting against Italy and Japan and battle for a spot in the semifinals.”
Ellis of White Rock, B.C. contributed 18 points today, with teammate Heidi Peters (Neerlandia, AB) topping all scorers with 21.
- CBC sports broadcast schedule can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/sports/paralympics
- Official schedule and live score: https://bit.ly/3gxB5Sn
- Full roster: https://bit.ly/3joPhiJ
Media contact: Jackie Skender
Photo: World ParaVolley