Canadian volleyball women failed to win in 3 after being swept away by the Netherlands in Italy


Score nine straight losing sets for the Canadians in Rimini, Italy.

The Netherlands extended their winning streak to four on Tuesday with a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-12, 25-21) and rose to fourth in the Volleyball Nations League with a record of 7-2.

“We find our home ground as a team,” Canadian forward Hilary Howe told Volleyball World. “It’s been a tough week for us. Last week we had some successes so we approached this one with confidence and feeling good, but now we’ve had close sets and battles.

“I think we learned a lot this week to come out stronger next week.”

WATCH | Canada loses 3rd in a row to fall 14th in the 16-team VNL:

The Netherlands defeated Canada in straight sets in Nations League volleyball action in Rimini, Italy. 1:57

The Canadians, making their VNL debut, haven’t won since taking a 2-0 lead over Poland on Sunday. On Monday, Japan beat Canada for their fifth sweep in eight games.

The Canadians lost their first four games in Rimini before defeating 2016 Olympic champions China and then Germany to open June before the current three-game slippage.

Canada, which falls to 14th in the league to 16 teams at 2-7, is out until Saturday when it faces eighth-placed Serbia (4-4) in a game will broadcast live at 12 h ET.

WATCH | Japan sweeps Canada in the preliminary round:

Japan quickly eliminated Canada in Monday’s FIVB Women’s Nations League volleyball match in Rimini, Italy, with a 3-0 straight-set victory (16-25, 15-25, 15-25). 2:34

The Dutch team dominated Canada 44-34 in the offense on Tuesday, held a 12-4 block advantage and delivered four aces.

“It was a really tough game,” said Nika Daalderop. “We had to fight a lot and I’m really happy to have won. We had a game late yesterday [beating Poland 3-2 and] it was hard to recharge for this morning.

“In the end, we [applied] lots of good working pressure. “

The Netherlands reached the bottom six in Volleyball Nations League’s first year in 2018, but fell to 11th the following year.

Captain Anne Buijs led the team with 15 points against Canada while Lohuis, VNL’s most efficient server in 2019 with 24 aces, added 12.

Howe and Andrea Mitrovic led the Canadians with nine and points, respectively.

The 15-game preliminary round will run through June 23, with the top four countries advancing to the semi-finals and finals.

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