Canada and United States started the Olympic Qualifier with success
Canada in Pool A and defending Olympic Champions United States in Pool C
started the FIVB Road to Paris Women’s Volleyball Qualifier Tournament
In Ningbo, China, Canada number 9 in the world ranking, won a dramatic
five set 3-2 (32-30, 18-25, 15-25, 25-17, 15-13) to Netherlands, number
11 in the world ranking.
Canada prevailed over a 77-70 advantage in attacking points and scoring
on 20 opponent errors, while giving away 18. The Netherlands topped 14-8
in blocking points and eight to one in points from serves.
Four players led Canada’s offense with double figures, team captain
Alexa Gray scored a match-high of 28 points, outside hitter Kiera Van
Ryk (19 points), middle blocker Emily Maglio (12 points) and outside
hitter Hilary Howe (10 points).
In Lodz, Poland, the United States, number 2 in the world, earned a
straight-set victory 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-13) over Colombia (No. 20).
USA held a 44-25 advantage in kills, 9-2 in blocks and 6-1 in serves.
Middle blocker Dana Rettke and opposite hitter Jordan Thompson led with
11 and 10 points respectively.
Also in Pool A, Dominican Republic and Mexico fell in their opening
performances. Dominican Republic (No. 10) to Czechia (No. 17) in a tough
five set battle 2-3 (21-25, 25-21, 21-25, 26-24, 12-15) and Mexico (No.
23) to Serbia (No. 3) in straight sets 0-3 (16-25, 19-25, 23-25).
Dominicans led in attacks (73-63) and serves (4-2); Czechia in blocks
(15-9) and committed fewer errors (19-30). Dominican Brayelin Martinez
led all scorers with 28 points, followed by Yonkaira Peña with 24
points. Middle blocker Jineiry Martinez added 15 points.
Serbia outplayed Mexico in attacks (43-31) and in blocks (11-3); Mexico
held a slim 4-3 margin in serves. Mexican outside hitter Grecia Castro
and Aimé Topete led their team with 9 points each.
In Pool B, in Tokyo, Japan, Puerto Rico (No. 22) fell to Türkiye (No. 1)
in three sets 0-3 (19-25, 16-25, 14-25).
The Turks held advantage on 37 attacking points against 26, in kill
blocks (9 to 3) and aces (11 to 6).Opposite Brittany Abercombie led the
Puerto Rican scorers with 14 points.
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