Rotterdam, the Netherlands. July 19, 2018: Canada’s women’s sitting volleyball team lost its quarterfinal match today, and now plays for fifth place.
China – 2016 Paralympic Games silver medalist and world ranked number two – won 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-17).
“The match today was a good evaluation of how we compare to a strong international opponent,” said Volleyball Canada’s sitting volleyball high performance director, Ian Halliday. “We were confident in the information that we had gathered throughout the tournament on China, and the game plan for the match, but right from the beginning, we struggled with unforced errors and as a result, we could never gain control of the flow of the match.”
Canada is currently ranked ninth in the world.
“China has the ability to play very fast and they put a lot of pressure on our block defense. When we were in system, we were able to effectively attack against them, but our unforced errors resulted in inconsistent play and ultimately allowed them to dictate the pace and style of play.”