Canada collapses late in 4th set en route to 4th straight loss in women’s volleyball


Canada’s women remain winless in their Volleyball Nations League debut.

They appeared on their win to snapping a 0-3 skid with a six-point lead over Turkey late in the fourth set Monday but suffered a meltdown and dropped a five-set decision (23-25, 25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 12-15) in Rimini, Italy.

Trailing 23-17, Turkey reeled off eight consecutive points for a 25-23 victory and carried momentum into a fifth and deciding set.

Even a timeout called by Canada head coach Shannon Winzer with her team ahead 23-20 in the fourth set couldn’t help the players close out the match as they had trouble handling the ball.

Then, Turkish opposite hitter Ebrar Karakurt took over, breaking a 23-23 tie with a key block and point off a block.

Canada (0-4) returns to the court against China on Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. ET. Watch it live on CBCSports.ca and check the full broadcast schedule for further details.

The annual international men’s and women’s competition featuring the world’s top 16 teams in each gender was cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canadian men’s and women’s squads will each play a 15-match preliminary round until June 23. The top four countries advance to the semifinals and finals.

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