Canada beats Germany in Volleyball Nations League

Alexa Gray (Lega Pallavolo, Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada beat Germany three sets to none on Thursday in the 2024 FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Arlington, Texas, 25-20, 25-15, 25-22. The victory was key because Canada is still trying to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. World ranking points are up for grabs, and Canada is vying for one of five available spots. Canada is currently ranked fourth in the world among the nations that have not yet qualified for the Olympic Games. They are behind Italy, China and Japan.

On Thursday, three Canadians reached double digits in points. Captain and outside hitter Alexa Gray of Lethbridge, Alberta led Canada in scoring with 19 points (17 attack points and two aces). Meanwhile, outside hitter Kiera Van Ryk of New Westminster, British Columbia and middle blocker Emily Maglio of Cranbrook, British Columbia had 15 points each. Van Ryk had 10 attack points, two blocked shots and three aces, and Maglio had 11 attack points, two blocked shots and two aces.

Gray led Canada with 17 attack points. Van Ryk, Maglio and middle blocker Jazmine White of Oshawa, Ontario led Canada with two block points.

With the win over Germany, Canada improved to a record of four wins and two losses in Volleyball Women’s Nations League action. They are tied for sixth place with Japan. Canada has also beaten Dominican Republic, China and Thailand, and lost to Brazil and the United States. They next play Serbia on Friday.

 

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