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LIMA, Peru – Thanks to a dominant serving and blocking effort, the Trinity Western women’s volleyball team, representing Canada, beat Costa Rica 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-18) Wednesday to record its first win of the U-23 Pan American Cup and earn a spot in the quarter-finals.

The Spartans held advantages of 10-2 in service aces and 9-2 in blocks in addition to a margin of 32-19 in kills.

Carly Hamilton (Calgary, Alta.) topped Trinity Western with points, including a match-high nine kills, while Royal Richardson (Rocky Mountain House, Alta.) and Alicia Perrin (Creston, B.C.) each had eight points. Kelci French, who only played in the first set, earned six aces. Setter Lauren Moncks (Standard, Alta.) saw her first action of the tournament and finished with 14 running sets in two sets.

Costa Rica’s Mihal Hines finished with nine points, including seven kills, while Vargas Daniela added five kills.

The Spartans finished Pool B with a 1-2 record and in third place while Costa Rica remained winless, finishing fourth, and will play for the 5-8 positions.

Trinity Western will play Argentina Thursday in the quarter-finals at 6:30 p.m. PDT. Follow the game with live stats at

“Costa Rica gave us problems for moments but we were able to solve them and we are happy to go to the next round,” Spartans coach Ryan Hofer said.

Costa Rica, who still has yet to win a set in the tournament, had its best game of the event as it kept the match much closer than its previous two outings.

“We are happy with the performance of our girls against a team of high level like Canada and I hope they continue to develop their skills,” Costa Rica coach Andres Carvajal said. “The overall balance of the tournament is a positive one for us.”