Overview

Team profile

Canada

On their first appearance in the World Grand Prix since their 2003 debut, Canada finished seventh in Group 2 last year. They won matches against Argentina and Peru but only had Cuba below them on the standings after the Intercontinental Round. Twelve years ago they were equal-11th. At the 2014 World Championship, the Canadians finished equal-17th. Despite winning their opening fixture against Cameroon, defeats in their remaining four matches saw them finish fifth in their pool.

 
Canada have competed eight times at the World Championship and their best results were 11th-place finishes in 1974 and 1982. They have won two silver medals and eight bronzes at the NORCECA Championships and also took bronze at the 1995 Pan American Games. At the 2013 NORCECA Championships, they took fourth place. A loss in straight sets to USA in their semifinal pitted them against Puerto Rico in the third-place match, where they suffered the same result. As hosts of the 2015 Pan American Games, the team will be relishing the prospect of playing on home territory and will be looking to improve on their seventh-place finish in 2011. At the 2014 Pan American Cup, Canada finished sixth after losing to Puerto Rico in the quarterfinals, before going down to Cuba in a classification match.

Coach

Arnd Ludwig

Arnd Ludwig

German Arnd ‘Lupo’ Ludwig, who took over in 2009, has spent the last few years getting Canada’s women’s team back on the major international tournament scene. In 2014 he coached them to a seventh-place finish in Group 2 of the World Grand Prix, their first appearance in the tournament since 2003. Ludwig helped Canada qualify for the 2010 and 2014 World Championships, ending a drought that also started in 2003. Before heading to North America, Ludwig was an assistant coach with Germany’s women’s team from 1999 to 2002. He also coached German women’s club teams SSV Ulm from 1998 to 2002 and Dresdner SC from 2002 to 2009. Ludwig played for 10 years in the German Bundesliga. 

Staff

  • Team Manager Lee Carter
  • Assistant coach Ryan Ratushniak
  • Physiotherapist Mandy Los

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Netherlands
7 7 0 5 1 1 0 0 0 20 21 3 7.000 585 429 1.363
2
Czech Republic
7 5 2 1 3 1 1 1 0 15 18 11 1.636 650 602 1.079
3
Poland
7 4 3 2 2 0 0 1 2 12 13 11 1.181 534 547 0.976
4
Puerto Rico
7 4 3 0 3 1 1 1 1 12 15 14 1.071 643 609 1.055
5
Bulgaria
6 3 3 1 0 2 2 0 1 9 13 13 1.000 544 550 0.989
6
Canada
6 2 4 0 1 1 0 3 1 5 9 15 0.600 506 550 0.920
7
Argentina
6 1 5 0 1 0 1 2 2 4 7 16 0.437 476 548 0.868
8
Croatia
6 0 6 0 0 0 1 3 2 1 5 18 0.277 442 545 0.811

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