Canada opens ladies’s sitting volleyball World Cup with win over Brazil

Canada opened the 2023 WPV Sitting Volleyball World Cup with a victory over Brazil on Monday in Cairo.

No. 2 Canada obtained its hardest competitors out of the best way in its first recreation, dispatching the No. 3-ranked Brazilian workforce 3-1 (15-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-20).

“Being in our first World Cup I feel the nerves obtained the perfect of us within the first set towards an opponent who we misplaced final to on the planet championships a yr in the past,” stated workforce Canada setter Sarah Melenka to Volleyball Canada. “We dismissed the primary set actually fast, the workforce caught it out, we performed with grit, for one another, the flag on our chest and for our households again at residence.”

Subsequent up for Canada will likely be video games towards No. 7 Slovenia and No. 8 Ukraine on Wednesday, earlier than closing out Group F play towards No. 28 Netherlands on Wednesday.

Slovenia is presently on prime of the Group F standings at 2-0 with victories over Ukraine and the Netherlands.

4 groups from every of Group E and Group F will qualify for Thursday’s quarterfinals, with the semifinals set to observe on Friday.

The gold and bronze-medal matches will start on Saturday.

2024 Paralympics spot on the road

Brazil’s victory over Canada within the gold-medal recreation of the 2022 world championships final November in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, secured a quota spot for the South American nation on the Paris 2024 Paralympic Video games.

4 different groups – China, France, Italy and america – have additionally certified for Paris 2024, with three spots left up for grabs.

Of the 5 certified international locations, solely Brazil and China are collaborating within the 10-team match in Egypt.

The very best ranked workforce on the match outdoors of Brazil and China will even punch its ticket to Paris.

After Canada, No. 6 Rwanda is the highest-ranked workforce competing in Egypt that has not certified for the Paralympics, posting a 2-1 report to this point in Group E play.

 No. 5 China, No. 9 Germany, No. 15 Egypt and No. 23 Mongolia are additionally competing in Group E.

The remaining two Paralympic spots will likely be decided on the 2023 ParaVolley Africa Championships (date to be decided) and the 2024 Paralympic Qualification Event in Dali, China, in April.

The Canadian ladies have competed on the final two Paralympic video games, ending seventh in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, and ending simply off the rostrum in Tokyo in 2021, shedding to Brazil within the bronze-medal recreation.

Canada roster

  • Julie Kozun (Melfort, Sask.)
  • Danielle Ellis (White Rock, B.C.)
  • Jennifer Oakes (Calgary)
  • Angelena Dolezar (St. Albert, Alta.)
  • Anne Fergusson (Carleton Place, Ont.)
  • Jolan Wong (Vermilion, Alta.)
  • Sarah Melenka (Vegreville, Alta.)
  • Jayme Lepp (Vancouver)
  • Heidi Peters (Neerlandia, Alta.)
  • Katelyn Wright (Edmonton)
  • Felicia Voss-Shafiq (Burnaby, B.C.)
  • Jennifer McCreesh (Smithers, B.C.)
  • Allison Lang (Edmonton)

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