Update: Women’s World Championship & Men’s U21 Pan Am Cup
Oct. 08, 2022: In a dramatic match in front of a packed home crowd in Lodz, Poland, the home team defeated Canada 3-2 (25-18, 19-25, 16-25, 25-23, 15-5) at the FIVB Volleyball World Championship on Friday night.
Canada was not phased by the loud arena of almost 10,000 Polish volleyball fans, but a chance to close the tight fourth set was not in the cards last night.
“We were able to put Poland under a lot of pressure and that’s what saw us through to a fifth set,” said head coach Shannon Winzer. “Our performance in the fifth set is not a reflection of how we played that game. We had a strong showing against a very strong side… Poland is playing confident volleyball right now.” Poland also beat the Olympic champions USA (3-0) on Wednesday.
Although Canada led on attack points (58-44) and service aces (7-6), Poland’s block was strong (20 points to 6 by Canada) and they made fewer crucial errors.
- Match stats: https://bit.ly/3yMP6Fh
Canada plays Dominican Republic on Saturday in its final phase 2 contest at 7 pm local time, 1 pm ET, live streamed at www.cbcsports.ca and CBC Gem.
Phase 2 standings can be found here: https://bit.ly/3rDshj9
Full schedule: https://en.volleyballworld.com/volleyball/competitions/women-worldchampionship-2022/schedule/
Men’s Pan Am Cup Update
Oct. 08, 2022: At the Men’s U21 Pan American Cup in Cuba, it was another five-set marathon for a Canadian side. Mexico ended up beating Canada 3-2 (25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 20-25, 15-13) advancing to the final and earning a berth to the 2023 U21 Men’s World Championship.
With top-two qualifying for the World Championship, the U.S. took the other semi-final over Cuba and plays Mexico for gold on Saturday. Canada will play Cuba for bronze at 2:30 pm local time in Havana.
Schedule is here: https://bit.ly/3SQnSoH or more info at www.norceca.net
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