ST. CATHARINES — Nunavut’s women’s indoor volleyball team celebrated after finishing their first-ever appearance at the Canada Summer Games with three losses but one long-sought-after win on August 18.
This year marked the first time Nunavut has competed in a team sport at the amateur sports competition, sending men’s and women’s teams for both indoor and beach volleyball.
The team finished their time in the tournament in Ontario’s Niagara region with a triumphant 3-1 win over Team Yukon on Thursday, then a disappointing 3-0 loss against Northwest Territories early Friday.
After losing the first set, Nunavut stepped on the gas and sustained a commanding lead on Yukon for the next three sets.
NWT showed off its speed and co-ordination and surged ahead to a commanding 25-12 lead over Nunavut to take Set 1.
That momentum continued through Set 2 as NWT walked away with a 25-16 win, but Nunavut put the pressure on for Set 3 and even led by a few points during the game.
However, they couldn’t sustain the energy and ultimately lost the round 25-21, resulting in a 3-0 defeat.
The win stands alone as especially impressive given the obstacles the team has to overcome with training and access to resources.
After four games in their round-robin tournament, Nunavut walked away with one win and three losses.