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Canada opens with two wins at Women’s Final Paralympic Qualification Tournament

February 26, 2020 – Canada defeated Slovenia 3-0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-15) in the opener of the Women's Paralympic Qualifier at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
 
“I think the match went as well as we could as planned. There were some ups and downs, but we’re really working on finding that consistency,” said head coach Nicole Ban.
 
The second match was not as smooth for Canada, but they came out with the 3-1 win over Germany.

“I think it was a good match to get the nerves out,” said Ban. “We definitely played a little tight at times, but it was good to be able to work through those moments and push under pressure. They play a different style than we are used to (Canada has not played Germany in recent years.) They are very scrappy. We have to continue to play our style and continue to do so tomorrow against Ukraine.”
 
“Whenever we called a time out to reset, they came out and executed. I’m really proud of them for that.”
 
The winner of the tournament, which runs to Saturday, punches a ticket to Tokyo 2020.
 
More info here:
http://www.worldparavolley.org/2020-world-paravolley-sitting-volleyball-paralympic-qualification/

The first two days of the tournament are free. Tickets for the semis and finals can be purchased here.

Web cast: https://www.cbc.ca/sports/paralympics/
 
Roster
#2 Julie Kozun, Melfort, SK
#3 Danielle Ellis, White Rock, BC (captain)
#4 Jennifer Oakes, Calgary, AB
#5 Payden Olsen, Cardston, AB
#7 Annie Fergusson, Carleton Place, ON
#8 Jolan Wong, Vermilion, AB
#9 Sarah Melenka, Vegreville, AB
#11 Heidi Peters, Neerlandia, AB
#12 Amber Skyrpan, Wandering River, AB
#14 Katelyn Wright, Edmonton, AB
#15 Felicia Voss-Shafiq, Burnaby, BC
 
Staff
Nicole Ban (head coach)
Christine Biggs (assistant coach)
Kate Rozendaal (assistant coach)
Yung Yung Wong (therapist)
Lauren Demers (therapist)
Erin Brennan (team manager)
Kerry MacDonald (Director, Sport Science, Medicine and Innovation)
 
 
Full Schedule:
February 26 (free admission)
11:00 am Canada vs Slovenia  3-0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-15)
1:00 pm Ukraine vs Germany  3-2   (24-26, 25-13, 25-10, 14-25, 15-5)
6:00 pm Slovenia vs Finland 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-13)
8:00 pm Canada vs Germany 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22)
 
February 27 (free admission)
11:00 am Ukraine vs Finland
1:00 pm Slovenia vs Germany
6:00 pm Canada vs Ukraine
8:00 pm Finland vs Germany
 
February 28
11:00 am Ukraine vs. Slovenia
1:00 pm Canada vs Finland
6:00 pm Semifinals: 2nd vs 3rd
8:00 pm Semifinals: 1st vs 4th
 
February 29
1:00 pm Bronze medal game
3:00 pm Gold medal game