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Canada’s women’s volleyball team falls to Serbia at Volleyball Nations League

Canada’s women’s volleyball team falls to Serbia at Volleyball Nations League

The Canadian women’s volleyball team fell short in its comeback bid in a 3-1 defeat to Serbia in Volleyball Nations League preliminary round action on Friday in Calgary.

After dropping the first two sets 25-20 and 25-14, the hosts bounced back by taking the third set 25-20. Canada kept putting up a challenge to World No. 7 Serbia, but the visiting side managed to close out the fourth set at 25-22 with three consecutive points.

Kiera Van Ryk of Surrey, B.C., had 19 points to lead Canada (4-6), ranked 15th in the world. Playing in her hometown, Emily Maglio came right behind with 16.

Serbia’s (7-4) captain Ana Bjelica posted game-high 24 points.

“After the 2-0, I think we were too calm,” said Serbia’s Jovana Stevanovic, who had seven points, in a post-match interview.

“They used our moment and there was panic inside our team. But I’m so proud of our team that we won 3-1, because it was so important [in our push to make it] to the final 8.”

The Canadian squad sits ninth in the 16-team standings led by the U.S. (9-1) with a realistic chance to qualify for the final round.

The seven best-ranked sides and host nation Turkey, currently sixth in the table, will qualify to the finals, which will take place from July 13 to 17.

Eight-place Thailand (5-5) will face powerhouses Brazil (9-2) and Italy (8-2) in its last two games.

Canada will get back on court on Saturday to face Germany (3-7) at 10 p.m. before wrapping up preliminary round play with a game against the Netherlands (3-8) at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Both games will be available to stream via, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.

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FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League: Canada vs Serbia

Serbia faces Canada in Women’s volleyball action from Calgary, AB.

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