Canada finishes 6th, matches third best FISU result


Michel Belanger

July 14, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (Team Canada) (ISN) – The Canadian women’s volleyball team accomplished its best result at the Summer Universiade since 1997 with a sixth-place finish. Canada’s tournament came to an end Sunday with a 3-0 loss (23-25, 21-25, 20-25) to Japan at the Zliant Sports Complex.

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This year’s result matches the third-best in the team’s history at the FISU Games. The Canadians placed fourth in 1997 in Sicily and in 1983 in Edmonton, as well as sixth in 1985 in Kobe, Japan.

“It’s a challenging tournament and this is a good result,” said head coach Arnd Ludwig. “It started slowly, because we should have had one more preliminary game. I believe that we improved as we went along.”

In their final match, the Canadians started things off well and led 8-5 at the first technical timeout. However, Japan responded with runs of three and five points to takeover 14-10. Setter Megan Cyr of St. Andrews, Man. (North Carolina State University) and attacker Tabi Love of Dauphin, Man. (UCLA), entered the game to try to turn things around. Love scored three kills and the Canadians quickly drew even at 15-15.

Canada continued to score, pulling ahead 21-17 but it was not enough to take the first set. Japan scored five straight points to go ahead 22-21. The teams traded points until Japan took the win 25-23.

“We had the lead, but weren’t able to finish the work at the end of the set,” confirmed Ludwig. “Japan is a good team and they made fewer errors at the end. It’s difficult to come from behind against them.”

The start of the second set was also a closely contested battle. The Canadians managed to build an 18-15 lead, but once again Japan responded to tie things up at 21-21. Japan then won the final four points to put an end to the second set.

From there, Japan made sure to protect their lead by establishing a quick 5-0 lead in the third. Canada couldn’t recover and fell by a final set score of 25-20.

Alicia Perrin of Creston, B.C., (Trinity Western) recorded six kills, four blocks, six digs and one service ace in the loss. The captain, Kyla Richey of Roberts Creek, B.C. (UBC) was also efficient, tallying nine kills, two blocks, and ten digs.

BOXSCORE: Canada vs Japan