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