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Canada’s women’s team was able to beat higher-ranked China today in Rio, Brazil. This comes on the heels of a win over Dominican Republic last night, bringing the team to a 2-1 record so far in Volleyball Nations League.

Though China (now ranked 7th) beat perennial favourite USA (ranked 3rd) in its matchup yesterday, today they came up short against 11th ranked Canada 1-3 (22-25, 25-20, 23-25, 22-25). Both teams are still aiming to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

“Being able to back up last night’s performance (over Dominican Republic) with another big showing against another top team is huge,” said Canada’s head coach Shannon Winzer. “We are showing up with fierce determination and it’s fun to be a part of that. Tonight, our serving was ruthless, and key to disrupt China’s offense. Our middles did a great job of slowing down their attack and our hitters remained aggressive in key moments. I also cannot credit our subs enough for the jobs they did tonight, making an impact each time!”

China led in attack points 61-58, but Canada edged them out in blocking (8-6) and had an impressive service point record (13-6) but made more errors 19-16.

Canadian outside hitter Kiera Van Ryk has an impressive match-high 27 points, while teammate Alexa Gray contributed 21 points.

China’s Y.Y. Li scored 24 points, including 3 aces, for the losing side.