Canadian women's volleyball team must wait for possible Paris spot
NINGBO, China — Canada finished its run at the Women’s Volleyball Olympic Qualifying Tournament with a 3-0 win over Czechia on Sunday.
Set scores were 25-20, 25-19 and 25-21, and Kiera Van Ryk led Canada with a match-high 17 total points.
The solid win was bittersweet, as Canada finishes third out of eight teams in Pool A with the top two teams earning a berth to Paris 2024.
Canada finished at 5-2, with its losses coming against Pool A winner Dominican Republic (6-1) and runner-up Serbia (5-2).
Despite finishing with the same record, Serbia earned more points than Canada to end up second overall.
There is still a chance for Canada to go to Paris via the ranking system, but that won't be decided until June.
"It’s nice to finish on a high versus Czechia and take out a 3-0 win to get maximum points for the match,” said head coach Shannon Winzer. "I am proud of this team, it’s an honour to be a part of this journey.
"We have taken another step forward this summer and finished with a record of 5-2 in a very tough pool. It won’t be enough to book our ticket to Paris but we are in a good place to get there on points next summer."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2023.