Canada looks ahead at U18 Girls’ Worlds

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Canada finishes third in its pool and advances to the round of 16 at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship (September 5 to 14) in Egypt.

Canada faced volleyball superpowers in its last two matches; Italy yesterday and the United States today.

Although Canada won its two first pool matches (against Korea and Mexico), Italy, who ended up first the the pool, defeated Canada 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-16) on Sunday. The United States overpowered Canada 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-16) to wrap up pool B play on Monday.

“We now have a better understanding of what it will take to compete with teams of this caliber,” said Canada’s head coach, Scott Koskie.

Sixteen teams progress to a playoff (first of Pool A against fourth of Pool B etc). The winners of the playoff matches will advance to the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals to be classified from first to eight, while the losers of their playoff match will play classification matches, with a similar quarterfinals, semifinals and finals system, to be classified from places nine to 16.

The round of 16 begins tomorrow. The schedule will be posted here:
http://u18.girls.2019.volleyball.fivb.com/en/schedule#/d20190909

Pool B in Ismailia (Egypt)

September 5
Korea v Canada 1-3 (25-19, 23-25, 20-25, 22-25)
USA v Mexico 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-16)

September 6
Italy v USA 3-2 (20-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-13)
Korea v Mexico 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-23)

September 7
Canada v Mexico 3-2 (15-25, 22-25, 25-18, 25-15,15-11)
Italy v Korea 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-20)

September 8
USA v Korea 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-13)
Italy v Canada 3-0 (25-20, 25-7, 25-19)

September 9
Italy v Mexico 3-2 (25-15, 21-15, 22-25, 25-20, 15-12)
USA v Canada 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-16)

Canadian roster:
#10  Emoni Bush – Campbell River, BC
#1    Kat Georgiadis – West Hill, ON
#15   Kendra Kern  – Edmonton, AB
#11  Emma McKinnon – Milton, ON
#7   Julia Murmann  –  Toronto, ON
#2  Katarina Pantovic – Vancouver, BC
#8   Lauren Pastor – Etobicoke, ON
#6  Kaylee Plouffe –  Sherwood Park, AB
#18  Jenna Pollock – St. Catharines, ON
#5    Mady Saris – Burlington, ON
#14   Anna Smrek – Welland, ON
#12  Mary Stewart – Uxbridge, ON
#3  Victoria D’Acre –  Mississauga, ON
#4   Hannah Duchesneau – Sharon, ON
#16  Anna Gadomski – Mississauga, ON
#9   Justine Kolody – Winnipeg, MB
#24  Talia Vydykhan – Hammonds Plains, NS