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Nov. 06, 2022: The Canadian women’s sitting volleyball team started Sunday off with a thrilling five-set battle against the Paralympic gold-medal team USA at the 2022 WPV Sitting Volleyball World Championships in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In the end it was USA over Canada 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-12, 15-7).

“That was a tough five-set loss to the USA but I couldn’t be more proud of the way we showed up and competed,” said Canada’s women’s head coach Nicole Ban. “We served aggressively and were able to utilize our offense against the number-one ranked team in the world. We are continually showing our improvements and ability to play the game at a high level.”
The team had a quick turnaround to also face Iran today in an evening match. Canada, currently ranked sixth in the world, came out strong against Iran (ranked 14), only to lose a tight third set and then win 3-1 (25-10, 25-14, 23-25, 25-13) to wrap up the first phase round-robin play.

“We knew Iran was going to be a tough opponent,” team captain Danielle Ellis told World ParaVolley. “The last time we played them was about six years ago in China, so we didn’t have a lot to game plan on them, but we watched video from the last couple of days… We just went out there and played our game with some tough serves to put them in trouble and just stayed aggressive the whole game.”

The women’s team (2-1 so far) plays next on Nov. 08, but the final schedule is yet to be released.
On the men’s side on Sunday, Canada (ranked 13th in the world) fell to a powerful team from Brazil 0-3 (23-25, 14-25, 19-25).
“Our final round robin match against Brazil was everything we knew it would be. The fourth ranked team in the world showcased size in our match,” said men’s head coach Jeff Smith. “We passed very well, which allowed us to run our offense that kept the games close, but as a team we just couldn’t execute when needed.”

Canada (1-2 in the first phase) plays Ukraine tomorrow in the round of 16 at 11:45 local time for a chance to advance.

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