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A tidy win for Canada in VNL action

May 30, 2024: Canada’s women’s team made a statement today with a sweep of Germany today in Volleyball Nations League in Arlington, Texas. 

The set scores were 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-22) Canada led in attacking (54-40), blocking (8-3), serving (7-3), but a five more errors than Germany.

“We took care of business today,” said head coach Shannon Winzer. “Our game plan was to take out the German middle attack and it starts with service pressure and then finishes with our executing our blocking assignments. The team did a great job of following the game plan and everyone did their jobs today.”

Canada’s Alexa Gray led scoring with 19 points; followed by teammates Kiera Van Ryk with 15, including three aces, and Emily Maglio also with 15 points. Lena Stigrot led Germany in scoring with 11 points.

Canada has four wins and two losses so far in this VNL season.

Setter Brie O’Reilly told VBTV post-match: “I was expecting us to fight really hard; we know how important this week is. I felt like we approached this game focused and point by point and like we were on a mission!”

Concluded Winzer: “It was a very good game and hopefully something we can continue to build on to take on Serbia tomorrow.”

Canada faces 7th-ranked Serbia on Friday, also in Texas, at 5:30 pm ET.

Viewers guide:
-All matches are streamed on VBTV and CBC Sports and CBC Gem.
-VNL Web site:

The women’s team is still in contention to qualify for Paris 2024 via the World Rankings.

Seven women’s teams are already qualified for the Games. The remaining five places are filled by selecting the top five not yet qualified teams in the FIVB World Ranking as of the end of the preliminary phase of Volleyball Nations League.

VNL Roster Week 2
Brie O’Reilly – Langley, BC
Courtney Baker – Bridgewater, NS
Emily Maglio – Coquitlam, BC
Jazmine White – Oshawa, ON
Alicia Ogoms – Winnipeg, MB
Layne Van Buskirk – Windsor, ON
Alexa Gray (C) – Calgary, AB
Hilary Johnson – Calgary, AB
Andrea Mitrovic – Mississauga, ON
Vicky Savard – Jonquière, QC
Kiera Van Ryk – Surrey, BC
Shainah Joseph – Ottawa, ON
Julia Murmann – Toronto, ON
Kacey Jost – St. Albert, AB
Shannon Winzer – Head coach
Vincenzo Mallia – Asst. coach
Matt Krueger – Asst. coach
Kevin Valcke – Physiotherapist
Gabriele Tortorici – Statistician
Rob Hooper – IST lead
Hilary Mallinger – Physiotherapist
Roger Friesen – Mental performance coach
Julien Boucher – High performance director
Jennah Paron – Team coordinator

Volleyball Canada Media Contact:
Jackie Skender
Mobile: 613-794-7676

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