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Olympic dream over for Canadian women's volleyball team

Brazil's volleyball player Bruno Rezende attends a team volleyball practice at Brazilian Volleyball Federation's training centre in Saquarema, about 60 miles (97 km) east of Rio de Janeiro, May 4, 2012. The team is preparing for the London 2012 Olympic Games.


Canada and its Olympic dreams were swept by the Dominican Republic on Friday in a semifinal at the Olympic qualifying tournament in women's volleyball.

The Dominicans, the highest ranked team at the tournament at No. 9 in the world, took the match 25-15, 25-18, 25-15.

They will face Cuba for the Olympic spot in the tournament final on Saturday.

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Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., led the Canadians with 12 points while Vancouver's Elizabeth Cordonier added seven.

Canada went 1-2 in the round robin earlier this week losing to Puerto Rico and the Dominicans before hammering Honduras to gain a playoff berth.

The Canadians looked impressive Wednesday in a quarter-final victory over Mexico but ran into a tough Dominican squad.

Canada concludes the tournament Saturday in the third place match against Puerto Rico. The last Olympic appearance for Canada in women's volleyball was in 1996.

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