June 22nd, 2024

Canada earns straight-sets win over Dominican Republic in Volleyball Nations League

By The Canadian Press on May 16, 2024.

Canada's players celebrate after scoring against Dominican Republic during a Volleyball Women's Nations League match at the Maracanazinho stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, May 16, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Bruna Prado

RIO DE JANEIRO – Canada earned a straight-sets victory over the Dominican Republic in Volleyball Nations League play Thursday night.

The Canadian women won the opening set 25-20 and the second set 25-21 before edging the Dominican Republic 25-22 in the third to clinch the win.

Canada led in attacks 44-37 and had seven blocks to six from its opponent. Alexa Gray of Calgary led Canada in scoring with 19 points and Kiera Van Ryk of Surrey, B.C., had 18.

Canada’s women are still vying for a place at this summer’s Olympics in Paris.

Seven women’s teams have already qualified. The remaining five spots will go to the top five not-yet-qualified teams in the FIVB rankings as of the end of the Volleyball Nations League preliminary phase. Canada entered the event ranked 11th.

Canada opened with a four-set loss to host Brazil on Tuesday night. The team’s next match is Friday against China.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 16, 2024.

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