19th-ranked Canada earned its first victory of the 2018 FIVB World Championship Wednesday, besting 25th-ranked Cuba in 4 sets to keep its second round hopes alive. 7th-ranked Italy swept 12th-ranked Turkey, while top-ranked China gave its young players valuable experience in a 4-set win against 17th-ranked Bulgaria.
A group of talented newcomers will join the returning veterans for Marcello Abbondanza’s Canadian team.
Senior Roni Jones-Perry was tabbed AVCA Division I Women’s Player of the Week after leading 3rd-ranked BYU to a 3-0 mark last week. She is the seventh player in Cougar women’s volleyball history to be recognized as player of the week and the first since 2015.
Pomi Casalmaggiore has made it clear to everyone that it does not intend to repeat its last season’s fate, which almost saw the team, one of Italy’s finest, get relegated from the A1 league.
The United States won its second straight Pan American Cup title, outdoing the Dominican Republic for the second year in a row, rallying for a five-set win. Canada rounded out the podium, taking bronze with a sweep of Brazil.
The United States and Dominican Republic will battle for the Pan American Cup title for the second straight year after each won semifinal matches on Friday.
Canada claimed its spot in the semifinals with its third straight sweep, handing the Dominican Republic its first loss of the tournament. Meanwhile, Peru claimed its first win of the Pan Am Cup with a sweep of Costa Rica.
Canada made the home crowd happy with a win while Puerto Rico also earned a sweep; NORCECA Women’s Challenge Cup Day 1.
Canada has 3 new faces on their roster for the 2018 NORCECA Challenge Cup – the first step in qualification for the 2019 Nations League.
This year, both the men’s and women’s Canadian National Teams qualified for the 2018 World Championships.