Canadian women fall to 2-7 at Volleyball Nations League after loss to Netherlands

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RIMINI, Italy — The Canadian women's volleyball team fell to 2-7 at the Volleyball Nations League tournament after dropping a 3-0 decision to the Netherlands on Tuesday.

Set scores were 25-19, 25-12 and 25-21. Canada has dropped nine consecutive sets at the tournament.

Calgary's Hilary Howe had a team-high nine points for Canada, which dropped one spot to 14th in the standings.

The Canadian women next face Serbia on Saturday.

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 global 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.

The Canadian men, ranked No. 10 in the world, have qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics starting July 23. Nations League is important preparation for them after a year of no matches as a team.

Canada's men's team (2-4) is 11th in their competition and next play Wednesday against Slovenia.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 8, 2021.

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