Canada earns its first victory with sweep of Zimbabwe

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Stéphane Jobin 

GWANGJU, South Korea (Team Canada) – The Canadian women’s volleyball team moved its record to 1-1 with an efficient 3-0 win over Zimbabwe (25-10, 25-7, 25-6), on Sunday at the Summer Universiade. The team’s next match will be a crucial one for advancing to the quarterfinal round.

 

“This was a personal experience in addition to a sports experience. Zimbabwe was behind us in terms of quality of volleyball, but ahead of us in the spirit of sport,” commented Canadian head coach Olivier Trudel. “It’s refreshing and beautiful to see that volleyball can be a vehicle for bringing together two different worlds.”

“Going forward, we need to regain our aggressive style because we absolutely need to win the next match.”

The Canadians will now compete with Thailand (2-0) in a game which will determine who will finish in the first two spots of Group D, which gives a pass through to the next round. That match will come Monday night at 8 p.m. (7 a.m. ET).

In today’s match, Zimbabwe was visibly unused to the quality of attack that the Canadians were launching at them. The Zimbabwe representatives struggled to block the attacks and Canada took advantage. Canada won the first set by a 25-10 score, which included six Canadian service errors.

The following two sets unfolded similarly to the first. Canada dominated its opponent and won 25-7 and 25-6.

Middle blocker Dione Lang (University of Alberta), collected 15 points, with 10 kills and five aces to lead the Canadians. Abigail Keeping (UBC) followed with 10 kills and three aces.

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