V-ballers slip to 0-2 at worlds

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:50 PM ET

OSAKA, Japan - China showed Canada why they’re ranked third in the world on Saturday.

Team Canada played with much more spirit, but China made short work of them, winning the match in straight sets (25-16, 25-19 and 25-10) before a crowd of 1,590 at Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium on Day 2 of the 2010 FIVB World Women’s Volleyball Championship.

“China prepared well to play against us,” said Team Canada captain Tammy Mahon. “We wanted to improve on the things we didn’t do so well (against Korea on Friday). It was definitely a step up for us and we look forward to playing even better as the tournament goes on.”

Tiffany Dodds had 10 points (seven kills and three digs) to lead Canada’s offensive attack, while Sarah Pavan scored nine points (seven kills, one block and one service ace).

“One thing that improved for us was our blocking,” said Dodds, whose team managed 10 blocks compared to only four in the tournament opener against Korea. “That’s one thing that’s a momentum builder for us.”

Yimei Wang had an outstanding match for China, putting up 19 points on 16 kills, two blocks and one ace.

With the loss, Canada slips to 0-2 in Pool D play and will face 2-0 Russia on Sunday at 1:30 a.m.

“We need to just enjoy the game again and keep improving,” said Ludwig. “That’s our target.”

Russia is tied for top spot in the pool with Korea after two days of competition.

“Russia is probably going to be the toughest serving team we’ve seen,” said Dodds. “We’ll focus on passing first and then block defence.”

China and Turkey are 1-1, while Canada is tied for fifth place with the Dominican Republic at 0-2.

The top four teams in Pool D will advance to the second round.


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