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Sitting volleyball team beats host for best-ever result

Rotterdam, the Netherlands. July 21, 2018: The Canadian women’s sitting volleyball team beat the Netherlands 3-1 (25-18, 25-18, 19-25, 27-25) today to finish seventh overall at the World ParaVolley sitting volleyball championships.  This is the best-ever result for this team at the World Championships.

“After facing three tough opponents, it was nice to end this tournament on a win. We had a chance to play the Netherlands for a second time, showing our growth with implementing tactics over this competition...Match experience is invaluable for this program as it allows us to evaluate our progress while playing in high-pressure situations. As a staff, we are always pushing our athletes to evaluate and improve day to day so it’s nice for them to be rewarded with a win today.”

Nicole Ban — Head coach

In pool play, Canada lost to the Netherlands in a five-set battle. The team then faced world number two and three in China and Brazil respectively. 
 
In today’s match, Danielle Ellis was top scorer for Canada with 13 points, and Heidi Peters contributed 12.
 
“I’m so excited about the growth our program has made leading up to this tournament and with each match we’ve played,” said Canadian player Jennifer Oakes, who has been on the team since 2016. “Coming into worlds we had a goal to be top eight in the competition, coming seventh is great for us, and I am so proud of the heart our team has showed. Now we are so eager to keep pushing boundaries and to continue this growth.”
 
Canada finished 12th at the last world championships the team qualified for in 2010.
 
“Seventh is the best finish for this program at a world championship, which is something to be proud of, but with that being said, these matches have allowed us to identify key areas to improve on at training camps when we return to training in Canada,” said coach Ban.
 
Russia won gold in the women’s tournament, with the finals for the men’s tournament (Canada was not qualified) finishing tomorrow in the Hague.
 

Team Canada preliminary match results: 
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

Quarterfinals/classification 
July 19: CHN vs CAN 3-0
July 20: BRA vs CAN 3-0
July 21: CAN vs NED 3-1

Photo: World ParaVolley
 
Roster:
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:
http://www.worldparavolley.org/2018-world-paravolley-sitting-volleyball-world-championships


Volleyball Canada
Jackie Skender
Director, Communications
613.794.7676
jskender@volleyball.ca