VNL: Canada powers past Belgium for first win in Manila

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Alexa Gray leads Canada past Belgium in the VNL Week 2 in Manila.

Alexa Gray leads Canada past Belgium in the VNL Week 2 in Manila. –FIVB VOLLEYBALL

MANILA, Philippines — Alexa Gray and Kiera Van Ryk propelled Canada to defeat Belgium, 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22, for its first win of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Week 2 on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Gray unleashed 24 points, including the game-winning hit, while Van Ryk delivered 22 points and 11 digs as the Canadians earned their first win in the Quezon City league to improve to 3-3 record.

“I was really excited on what our team did today. I thought we did our gameplan and this a big win and big three points for us moving forward in the tournament and I’m just proud of the way we really battled today,” said Gray, who also had 10 digs.

“I think all of us had a little bit of a better game. I felt more confident going…

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