Canadian women down Turkey for 4th win at Volleyball Nations League
Alexa Grey tallied 22 factors, whereas Kiera Van Ryk added 20 to assist the Canadian girls’s indoor volleyball staff edge Turkey 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23) in Calgary on Tuesday for his or her fourth Volleyball Nations League win of the season.
Hilary Howe, who — like Grey — was enjoying in her hometown, had 14 factors for Canada (4-5). Ebrar Karakurt led Turkey (5-4) with 23.
The Canadian squad has already surpassed its 2021 win depend. Final 12 months, Canada produced a disappointing 3-12 report within the match, held in a bubble in Rimini, Italy.
“We have not hosted a match in a very long time, and to win at house in such an vital match for us it is enormous. It will possibly’t be overstated,” mentioned captain Jennifer Cross of Scarborough, Ont., who had 5 factors, in a post-game interview.
“We talked about enjoying one sport at a time, and I believe that basically confirmed. We have been 100 per cent centered on this match and we’ll take it daily, however that was enormous for our program.”
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The staff appreciates enjoying in house soil, mentioned Cross, who additionally praised the ambiance on the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex.
“We play abroad for many of the 12 months. We very not often get to play in Canada. Our family and friends, whereas they assist us, they by no means get to see all of the laborious work that we do. Particularly for the native women, it is so particular to have their household and mates right here. It is an particular feeling,” mentioned the 29-year-old.
Canada sits ninth within the 16-team standings led by unbeaten Japan (8-0). The 5 best-ranked sides will qualify to the finals, which can be held in Ankara, Turkey, from July 13 to 17. The host nation robotically qualifies.
The Canadian girls will get again on court docket on Friday to tackle Serbia earlier than dealing with Germany and the Netherlands, respectively, on Saturday and Sunday of their last video games of the preliminary spherical.
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