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Canada defeated in 3 sets by 3rd-ranked Serbia at Olympic women's volleyball qualifier

The Canadian women's volleyball team lost its second straight game in Olympic qualifying to Serbia on Tuesday in Ningbo, China.

After defeating the ninth-ranked Netherlands in the opener, No. 11 Canada fell to No. 10 Dominican Republic on Sunday before being downed by third-ranked Serbia 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-21), a team that has yet to lose a set through its 3-0 start to sit atop Pool A in the Olympic qualification tournament.

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In the first set, Calgary's Alexa Gray was able to keep Canada close with a couple attacks to bring the deficit to 19-17 and 21-18, but the powerful Serbian squad pulled away to win its seventh straight set of the tournament 25-19.

Tijana Boškovic dominated the second set for Serbia, connecting on nine points, including a set-winning attack to double Serbia's lead heading into the third game.

Canada responded well with their backs against the wall, holding a lead at 9-7 - their first multi-point lead of the match - and then taking a 12-11 lead on a controversial point by Gray, where she appeared to execute a dig that the Serbians protested touched the ground, then followed it up with an attack to take the point.

Gray led Canada with nine points, while Boškovic was immense for Serbia with 24 points - 19 attack points, one block, and four serve points.

Canada is back in action Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. ET against No. 6 China, which also carries an undefeated record in Pool A at 2-0. The match will be streamed live on, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.

Canada needs a top-two finish in its group to qualify for the Paris Olympics next summer, while six other spots will be available via world ranking next year.

Canada last qualified for the Olympic women's