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Team Canada advances to semis at Sitting World Cup

NOV. 16, 2023: Canada defeated Egypt today at 2023 WPV Sitting Volleyball World Cup in Cairo, advancing to the semifinals. Canada dominated offensively, beating the host country 3-0 (25-10, 25-5, 25-14).

"It’s always fun to play the host at a tournament and Egypt definitely brought the energy," said Canadian player Heidi Peters. "Our plan was to focus on ourselves and achieve some specific offensive goals. We were able to do this, but we made too many errors and are looking to crisp those up moving into our semifinal vs Germany. This is the moment we’ve been working towards, and we can’t wait to compete for a Paralympic berth!"
 
Canada will face Germany in the semi, which is an all-important contest for both teams – with the winner advancing to the final and finishing as the top-ranked team yet to qualify for Paris 2024. The other semi-finalists are Brazil and China, both have already secured their spot in the Paralympics based on previous tournament results.

Canada’s semi is scheduled for 14:00 local time; 7 am ET on Friday.

Event web site: https://www.worldparavolley.org/2023-wpv-sitting-volleyball-world-cup/
Links to live streams are posted here on Facebook and streamed on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@WorldParaVolleyYT

Schedule overview:
Nov. 13 – CAN vs. BRA - 3-1 (15-25,25-21, 25-22, 25-20).
Nov. 14 -  SLO vs. CAN (am) 1-3 21-25, 17-25, 25-18, 14-25); CAN vs. UKR (pm) 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-16)
Nov. 15 – NED vs. CAN 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-8)
Nov. 16 – Quarterfinals CAN def EGY
Nov. 17 – Semifinals 
Nov. 18 – Finals
 
Roster:
Julie Kozun, Melfort, SK
Danielle Ellis, White Rock, BC
Jennifer Oakes, Calgary, AB
Angelena Dolezar, St. Albert, AB
Anne Fergusson, Carleton Place, ON
Jolan Wong, Vermilion, AB
Sarah Melenka, Vegreville, AB
Jayme Lynne Lepp, Vancouver, BC
Heidi Peters, Neerlandia, AB
Katelyn Wright, Edmonton, AB
Felicia Voss-Shafiq, Burnaby, BC
Jennifer McCreesh, Smithers, BC
Allison Lang, Edmonton, AB
 
Staff
Nicole Ban, head coach 
Chelsea Hobbs, assistant coach  
Kate Rozendaal, assistant coach
Yung Yung Wong, therapist                        
Ian Halliday, team manager         
Onika Green, mental performance coach              
Lionel Bonnaure, performance analyst   

Volleyball Canada Media Contact:
Jackie Skender
jskender@volleyball.ca
Mobile: 613-794-7676