Canada advances at #sittingvolleyball World Championships



Canada advances at sitting volleyball World Championships

July 17, 2018

Volleyball Canada – Arnhem, the Netherlands. July 17, 2018: Host the Netherlands overtook Canada today for first place in their pool after a hard-fought 3-2 (24-26, 25-15, 13-25, 25-19, 15-8) win in front of a home crowd.  Canada, however, had already locked up a spot in the quarterfinals after two previous pool wins this week.

“It has been a successful tournament so far,” said Canada’s head coach Nicole Ban. “Today we faced the host nation and were out-played under pressure. We played some great volleyball and had control for a large portion of the match, but when points were needed, the more experienced hosts were able to capitalize. We are now second in our pool and know we have a tough competitor in China ahead. With a day off tomorrow to travel to Rotterdam and practice, we will recompose and come back ready to compete.”

Yesterday, Canada beat Croatia 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-13), and opened the tournament with a win over Rwanda 3-0 (26-24, 25-9, 25-8) on Sunday.

Canada’s next match is July 19 against world-ranked number two, China. Canada is ranked ninth.

Team Canada preliminary match schedule (local time):
July 15: 13:00 RWA vs CAN – 0-3
July 16: 15:00 CRO vs CAN – 0-3
July 17: 18:00 CAN vs NED – 2-3

Julie Kozun, Melfort, SK
Danielle Ellis, Langley, BC
Angelena Dolezar, Edmonton, AB
Jolan Wong, Pembroke, ON
Sarah Melenka, Vegreville, AB
Jennifer Oakes, Calgary, AB
Heidi Peters, Neerlandia, AB
Amber Skyrpan, Wandering River, AB
Katelyn Wright, Edmonton, AB
Felicia Voss-Shafiq, Burnaby, BC

Coaching and support staff:
Head Coach: Nicole Ban
Assistant Coach: Christine Biggs
Mental Performance Coach: Erin Brennan
Athletic Therapist: Lauren Demers
Physiotherapist: Yung Wong
Team Manager:  Ian Halliday

For schedule & results visit the World ParaVolley web site:

Photo: World ParaVolley

Volleyball Canada
Jackie Skender
Director, Communications