Women's Sport: Canada's volleyball team faces last-chance bid to secure place in Tokyo 2020

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With one last shot at booking their place in Tokyo, Canada's volleyball team hope to achieve success in the NORCECA Women's Qualification Tournament this Friday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The last time the Canadian women's team made an Olympic appearance dates back to 1996, where they placed ninth in the competition. 

Canadian volleyball player Alexa Gray spoke to the Canadian press about her desire to secure a place at the Olympics.

"This year is especially big for me because my sister [Jordan Gray] is also going to the Olympics. There is a little bit more riding on this and I really want it bad. I think it would be just the cherry on top if we could both make it to the same Olympics," she said.

The 25-year-old hopes to join her sister, who plays for the U.S. women's rugby sevens, at the Olympic Games this year.

Currently ranked 18th in the world, the Canadians will face 13th ranked Puerto Rico, the 10th ranked host side Dominicans and No. 21 Mexico.

Canadian head coach Tom Black said, "It's difficult obviously, but we definitely have a chance. The Dominican is the clear favourite, but we pushed them to a five-set match over the summer."

Also fighting for a place on the Olympic team is the Canadian men's volleyball squad who face last-chance qualifying tournaments.

The men's team also found themselves in this position four years ago when qualifying for Rio and will hope to punch their ticket to Tokyo this weekend.

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