RIMINI, Italy, June 1, 2021 – One day after
losing a five-set match against Turkey to kick
off the second round, the women’s volleyball
team of Canada recovered to claim a
roller-coaster 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-17, 15-25,
15-12) victory over the powerful China in the
FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Tuesday.
Canada had lost its four previous matches to
Brazil, United States and Dominican Republic in
the first round and to Turkey in the second
It was the first victory ever for Canada in FIVB
official competitions, having lost the two
previous matches between the two countries.
Kiera Van Ryk recorded 25 points as the leading
scorer of the Canadian squad. Three other
players also reached double digits in scoring
with Andrea Mitrovic (17), Hillary Howe (14) and
Jennifer Cross (13) joining Van Ryk.
Zhang Changning topped the Chinese scoring
sheets with 22 points, followed by Fang Duan
with 10 and Yao Li and Yuanyuan Wang with 9