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Volleyball Canada – ZIELONA GÓRA (POLAND) June 03, 2016 : It was Poland over Canada’s women’s team 3-1 (25-19, 28-30, 25-15, 25-20) on the opening night of FIVB Women’s Grand Prix.

Poland’s Berenika Tomsia impressed the home crowd with 23 points scored with her superior spiking (19) and blocking (4) skills.

Canada got off to a good start, but Poland quickly recovered and leveled the score at 12-all. Anna Grejman’s great serving (including four service aces) kept Poland in the game and brought opportunity to turn the tables later in the set, winning 25-19.

Set two had a similar story: better start for Canada and close balanced game later on. Poland’s Berenika Tomsia kept on leading the scoring charts (15) not only in spiking (12), but also in block (3). The end of the set was different though, and too many lost opportunities caused Poland to lose 28-30 to the persistent Canadians. Poland re-focused, and dominated the next set 25-15 for the lead.

Canada was back in the game for the first part of set four, before the momentum switched again and the home crowd got their money’s worth with the win.

Canada’s top scorer was Danielle Brisebois with 17 points. 
Canada’s coach, Arnd Ludwig, is pleased his players are getting valuable experience at the international level:  “I think we had a very good start in the Grand Prix. Especially at the beginnings of sets we did really good job in passing and attacking. At the end of the sets we struggled a bit especially with reception – for example in the first set we were very close and then we made a few errors in a row. Generally, I’m positively surprised how we played and confidence we played with, because for many players that is the first tournament at this level.”

Canada plays its NORCECA rivals, Puerto Rico, next.

“We had a lot ups and downs but I think our ups were really good,” said Canada’s captain Lucy Charuk, who had 10 points in this match. “For all these girls that had never played internationally before, I think they did really well today. I’m super impressed with our young players, that’s what we can build on, obviously we have to work on few things, make less errors in service, but generally for the first game together I’m pretty satisfied with our play today.”
More info:
Schedule (local time – ET time is 6hrs less)
@ Zielona Gora (Poland)
June 3 (8.10pm): Poland – Canada (3-1)
June 4 (5.10pm): Puerto Rico – Canada
June 5 (5.10pm): Czech Republic – Canada
@ Olomouc (Czech Republic)
June 10 (6.10pm): Czech Republic – Canada
June 11 (3.10pm): Dominican Republic – Canada
June 12 (3.10pm): Canada – Bulgaria

Note: all matches available on FIVB’s You Tube channel. 
Canada’s Roster:
Megan Cyr (Winnipeg, MB)
Danielle Smith (Beaverlodge, AB)
Marie-Alex Bélanger (St-Alphonse-Rodriguez, QC)
Danielle Brisebois (Caledon, ON)
Marie-Sophie Nadeau (St-Aimé, QC)
Michaela Reesor (Caledon, ON)
Lucille Charuk (Tsawwassen, BC)
Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, ON)
Marisa Field (Kelowna, BC)
Alicia Perrin (Creston, BC)
Shainah Joseph (Ottawa, ON)
Elizabeth Wendel (Caronport, SK)
Kristen Moncks (Standard, AB)
Jessica Niles (Turner Valley, AB)
Team Manager – Gina Schmidt
Head Coach – Arnd Ludwig
Assistant Coach – Ryan Ratushniak
Therapist – Byron Bahniuk
Statistician – Shane Smith

Volleyball Canada media contact:
Jackie Skender
Phone: 613.794.7676