Canada fed from the energy of their fans in their first-ever Volleyball Nations League home match to secure a huge win against last year’s bronze medallists Türkiye on the opening day of the third and final week of the Preliminary Phase of the 2022 edition of the tournament in Calgary.
Canada stun Türkiye in front of their home fans
Gray and Van Ryk combine for 42 points in their team’s epic victory in Calgary
Опубликовано 07:14, 29 июнь 2022
The Canadians stunned the Turkish with a 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23) victory on Tuesday to start the third week of competition in a strong manner. Canada are now ranked 15th in the FIVB World Rankings, while Türkiye are sixth.
The Canadian power at the block was arguably the biggest difference between the two teams. While the North Americans produced 14 block points, the Europeans were only able to stop their opponents four times.
Alexa Gray Points (Canada vs. Türkiye)
“It’s a huge win for us,” team captain and middle blocker Jennifer Cross said. “We haven’t hosted a tournament in a long time and to win at home in such an important match for us, it can’t be overstated. We talked about playing one game at a time and it really showed. We were 100% focused on this match and we’ll keep taking it day by day. We’ve done some mental work to be ready to reset when things don’t go well, and it was nice to see it pay off. I’m so happy with the crowd, it really makes a difference.”
The victory has kept the Canadians in the chase for a spot in the VNL Finals. They now rank ninth with four wins (12 points), tied in victories and points with eighth-placed Thailand. Guaranteed a place in the Finals as the host country, Türkiye are in seventh place, with five wins (15 points).
Canada still have to play Serbia (Friday), Germany (Saturday) and the Netherlands (Sunday) before the end of the Preliminary Phase, while the Turkish will face the Netherlands, Japan and the United States between Thursday and Saturday.