Canada’s women’s sitting volleyball places 4th after hard-fought battle with Brazil



CBC Sports · Posted: Sep 03, 2021 9:09 PM ET

The Canadian women’s sitting volleyball team reacts after their loss against Brazil in the bronze medal match. (Issei Kato/Reuters)

The Canadian women’s sitting volleyball team has placed fourth in its tournament after a hard-fought battle against Brazil in the bronze medal match at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Brazil — the Rio 2016 bronze medallists — defeated Canada 3-1 (25-15, 24-26, 26-24, 25-14) to reach the podium once again in Tokyo. 

The Canadian women improved their result from Rio 2016, where the team made its Paralympic debut and finished seventh. 

Brazil, ranked No. 3, had an aggressive first and took the win by 10 points. But the fifth-ranked Canadians were fighters in the second and pushed for the win with an ace from Jennifer Oakes, even as Brazil tried to stage a comeback.

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Despite Canada having a seven-point lead in the third, the Brazilians managed to bounce back and claim the set. And though the Canadians made moves toward the end of the fourth, Brazil had a steady lead and captured it for the victory.  

Brazil and Canada had met earlier in group play, a five set epic that saw the Brazilians take the win. The Canadian women were the country’s last team to finish up its tournament in Tokyo.

Heidi Peters, the highest scorer across the women’s tournament, had a 14-point game. Katelyn Wright, team captain Danielle Ellis, and Oakes all reached double-digits as well, marking 13, 12, and 11-point games, respectively. 

China — who beat Canada in the semifinals — will take on the United States in a fight for gold for a fourth consecutive time. The United States are playing as the defending champions.

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