Canada gets first win at U18 Worlds

ISMALIA, Egypt, September 5, 2019 – Although Korea came out strong, Canada was able to come away with the 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 20-25, 22-25) win today to kick off the FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship in Ismailia, Egypt.

Katarina Pantovic (15 points), Emoni Bush (13 points) and Anna Smrek (11 points) reached double digits for Canada.


“Korea was excellent in the first set, but our approach to the game did not change," explained head coach Scott Koskie. "We made some adjustments and continued to follow our plan. At the end of each set we had a different player come up with a big play to help us get this win.”


In the other match in Pool B. United States defeated Mexico 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-16): The winners led in serves 10-5, while the losers did in blocks 11-8.


Elena Oglivie led the USA with 10 points, followed by Jessica Mruzik with 9. Guadalupe Parra had 11 points for Mexico.


In Cairo, Puerto Rico lost to Egypt 3-1 (26-24, 20-25, 30-28, 25-21). Sofia Victoria had 16 points for the losers, followed by Jennifer Collazo and Paola Matos with 14 and 10, respectively.


The 2019 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship (September 5 to 14) features 20 teams representing all five continents. The pool stage of the competition takes place over the first five days of the tournament, followed by four days of knockout and classification matches.