Canada knocked off Kazakhstan to pick up its first win at the women's world volleyball championship on Thursday.
After dropping its two opening matches to the top-ranked U.S. and defending champions Serbia, the Canadians bounced back to blank Kazakhstan in three straight games (25-14, 25-16, 25-11), with Kiera Van Ryk, of Surrey, B.C., leading all scorers with 18 points.
“I think we were all really ready to get a win,” said Van Ryk. “Each game before this, Serbia and the U.S., was a step forward. I'm glad we could come here today, respect the other team and show that we can take care of business.
“I'm really proud of us today - it was a full team effort.”
Canada led in attack points (45-21), blocks (11-2) and serving (5-0 aces) but made more errors (14-18) than its opponent.
“We were hungry to finish out on top in this third game of the tournament. I think the win gives us a little more confidence going into the next game,” said head coach Shannon Winzer.