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Canada blows 2-1 lead, loses 5-setter to South Korea in Volleyball Nations League | CBC Sports

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Service reception, which was a weakness for Canada against Russia on Sunday, led to Monday’s heartbreaking loss to South Korea in women’s Volleyball Nations League.

Hilary Howe misplayed a serve in the fifth and deciding set that led to a South Korea ace and 3-2 victory by set scores of 15-25, 25-18, 27-29, 25-20, 21-19 in Rimini, Italy.

The Canadians had four chances to close out the match following a Brie King block tied the fifth and deciding set 15-15.

Canada dropped to 12th in the 16-team tournament with a 3-9 record and will have a three-day break before facing 15th-place hosts on Friday (CBCSports.ca, 1 p.m. ET).

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South Korea and Canada went the distance in women’s FIVB Volleyball Nations League action in Rimini, Italy on Monday. 4:10

Opposite hitter Kiera van Ryk, who was among the starters who sat out Sunday’s three-set sweep at the hands of Russia, led the Canadians with 24 points on Monday. Outside hitter Andrea Mitrovic added 19.

Canada held the edge in blocks (11-7) and aces (9-7) but didn’t have an answer for Kim Yeon Koung, MVP of the women’s tourney at the 2012 London Olympics. She collected 23 points, one fewer than team leader Park Jeongah.

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The 15-match preliminary round ends June 23 with the top four countries advancing to the semifinals.

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