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(ISN) – July 27, 2014

LIMA, Peru – Belgium powered passed Canada in straight sets (25-13, 25-19, 28-26) in today’s match in 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round play.

It was an exciting finish as Canada fought to survive in the third, but it wasn’t enough to hold off a more organized Belgium squad. “We fought a lot in the end but could not win,” said Canada’s captain Brittney Page (Vernon, BC), who thanked the fans in Peru for their support.

Belgium achieved its second victory in World Grand Prix play, and Canada is winless so far.

“We would have liked a better result. Now we just have to prepare for the next competition,” said Canada’s coach Arnd Ludwig. Canada now travels Belgium to face the host country, Argentina and the Netherlands.

This afternoon, Charlotte Leys was top scorer for Belgium with 14 points; Jaimie Thibeault of Sylvan Lake, AB, scored six points for Canada.
Both teams’ liberos had solid performances – Valerie Courtois on the Belgian side and Janie Guimond (Becancour, QC) for Canada.

Grand Prix is the premier international women’s volleyball tournament. Canada now goes to Belgium and Argentina to continue the intercontinental round of Group 2, along with seven other countries. The final four of Group 2 will be held August 15th and 16th in Koszalin, Poland.