7th-ranked Italy rallied all the way back for a 3-1 upset victory after dropping the opening set to top-ranked China. The Italians complete pool play with a perfect 5-0 mark, while the Chinese drop to 4-1 heading to the second round of FIVB World Championship action.
A group of talented newcomers will join the returning veterans for Marcello Abbondanza’s Canadian team.
Former Michigan State All-American volleyball player, and current Canadian National Teamer, Autumn Bailey has signed her first pro deal.
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.
Stanford will look to claim the National Championship for the second time in three seasons; Way-Too-Early 2018 VolleyMob Top 25 Power Rankings (Full List).
Puerto Rico took down Canada for the gold while Cuba won bronze at the Challenge Cup.
Canada and Puerto Rico both earned sweeps to set up a meeting for Gold; NORCECA Women’s Challenge Cup (Day 3).
Canada has 3 new faces on their roster for the 2018 NORCECA Challenge Cup – the first step in qualification for the 2019 Nations League.