OSAKA, Japan -- In this case, Canada will have to settle for a moral victory.
Although Canada fell to 0-3 at the 2010 FIVB World Women’s Volleyball Championship on Sunday, a strong third set was giving them reason for optimism moving forward.
The seventh-ranked Russians, who also happen to be the defending world champs, won by scores of 25-13, 25-16 and 25-21 to improve to 3-0 and remain atop the Pool D standings.
“When you play against the top teams in the world, it’s tough,” said Team Canada head coach Arnd Ludwig. “We have to be realistic. We need to improve our passing and we need to put more pressure on with our serving.”
Sarah Pavan had 12 points for Canada, while team captain Tammy Mahon had seven points.
“It’s like every game that we’re going to play here, with the exception of the Dominicans, who we play a lot,” said Mahon. “It’s not every day that you get to wake up and play against the defending world champions. To be in the match alone just gives me goose bumps just thinking about it. It’s just an exciting time.”
Things would have gotten even more interesting if Canada had found a way to push through and win the third set.
“A big focus was our team fire and our passion,” said Team Canada middle Marisa Field. “After the first set, we really picked that up. We’re really on a road upwards on that spectrum.
“I wish we had got to play that fourth set. With the momentum we had coming out of that, I really think we could have won another set and pushed it to a fifth set and then it would have been interesting to see what would have happened.”
Canada won’t play again until Tuesday, when they face a must-win game against Turkey, who are 2-1 after earning a five-set victory over the Dominican Republic on Sunday.