Canada’s National Women’s Volleyball Team moved up five spots to 16th overall in the official FIVB World Rankings.
Updated this week, the international rankings are based on points earned at major tournaments, including the World Championship and Grand Prix. The United States is currently ranked number one after winning the World Championship, followed by Brazil and China.
“The fact that we moved up five places shows how important it is to play at the big tournaments like Grand Prix and the World Championship,” explains Arnd Ludwig, Canada’s Winnipeg-based women’s team coach. “We hadn’t played in Grand Prix for 11 years, and a World Championship is only every four years. It also shows how important it is to win the games that you have to win in these tournaments; our win over Cameroon was crucial at the World Championship.”
Canada won its opener at the Worlds in Italy, but then struggled in a strong pool and did not advance to the second round. Canada ended up 17th at the World Championship.
“It is great for the program that we moved up that much in the world ranking,” said Ludwig, who was looking for more from his team this year. “I was actually surprised by the jump in our ranking, since I was not a hundred percent satisfied with our performances and results throughout the year. We had a couple of really good games, but we did not show any consistency throughout the summer.”
Overall in 2014, Canada had the opportunity to play some of the best teams in the world and to learn from that experience. In 2015, the team is looking forward to tournaments such as the Pan Am Games on Canadian soil.
Ludwig concludes: “I know that we can play better and that this summer was just a step in the right direction. I hope we take the right things from our improved ranking, and that we work even harder in the next years to stay in that place and move up.”
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