Canada Fails to Control Poland in FIVB Grand Prix Pool Play

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Volleyball Canada – Jackie Skender

Formosa, Argentina, –  Poland scored a 3-1 (25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 27-25) win over Canada on Saturday in Pool L of FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix at the Stadium Sincuentario in Formosa.

Tamara Kaliszuk stood out for Poland with 13 attacks, one block and five aces, while team-mate Anna Grejman added 16 points. Canada’s top scorer was Tabitha Love with 11 points.

Poland and Canada gauged each other and split victories in the first two sets at 25-20 for Poland in the match opener, and 25-19 for Canada in the second frame. In the third set, Canada held the lead at 15-12 then Canada gained advantage at 16-15 at the second technical timeout. Poland had an upsurge that limited Canada to score only two more points and the set ended at 25-17.

Poland led throughout the fourth set until Canada pushed harder to bridge the gap at 19-18. Poland brought the score closer to the end at 23-21, but Canadian attackers persistently challenged the Polish defenders to tie the score at 23. Both squads exchanged deadlocks and leads until Poland’s Zuzanna Efimienko found a hole in the Canadian defence to conclude the set and match at 27-25.

“We didn’t play high-quality volleyball like yesterday (in a win over Argentina). We have nothing to lose tomorrow, the Netherlands is ahead of us and we can play free,” said Canada’s coach Arnd Ludwig after the match.

Canada plays its final Grand Prix match in Argentina on Sunday, before returning to Canada for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

Report by www.fivb.com

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