LIMA, Peru – In what was just a 67-minute affair, the Trinity Western women’s volleyball team, representing Canada, lost its U-23 Pan American Cup quarter-final match with Argentina 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-16) at Miguel Grau Coliseum Thursday.
Matched against a strong Argentinian side, the Spartans were bested on a night when Lucia Fresco, the tournament’s top scorer, had another impressive outing, leading the Argentina offense with 23 points, including 18 kills, three aces and two blocks. Fresco’s efforts were supplemented by a quality showing by teammate Tanya Acosta who had 12 points, including four aces in the victory.
For the Spartans, first-year Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa, Ont.) was the only Canadian with double figures in the score charts, registering 11 points, while Amy Ott (Leschied) (East Selkirk, Man.) chipped in with eight tallies.
Argentina held slim advantages of 5-4 in blocks and 7-5 in service winners while managing a 42-30 edge in attacks.
The loss drops the Spartans into the consolation bracket where they will battle for fifth place. With the win, Argentina advances to the tournament’s semifinals.
“We expected to have a better game against Argentina, even though we know they are a very strong team,” Spartans coach Ryan Hofer said. “They have a very strong attack but that’s part of our learning process.”
Spartans captain Kelci French added: “We gave our best. Now we have to improve in our next outings.”
Argentina’s coach, Horacio Bastit, was particularly impressed with team’s effort and consistency.
“Our service worked perfectly today and that was the key for the victory against a team solid at the net,” Bastit said. “It was our best game so far, because against Brazil and Colombia we only played good ball for moments. Seven of these girls are playing in their first international competition.”
Antonela Curatola, captain of Argentina commented: “We are very happy for the victory. It is our best game in the tournament and we had solid serve and reception.”