Louis Daignault (ISN)
September 21, 2013, Omaha, Nebraska – Puerto Rico captured the bronze medal on Saturday at the NORCECA (North and Central America and Caribbean) Women’s Continental Championship by defeating Canada 25-23, 25-16, 25-16.
Puerto Rico earned a podium spot for the second time in the 23rd edition of the biennial championship. Puerto Rico won the silver medal in 2009.
Karina Ocasio, who entered the bronze-medal match with a tournament-leading 63 points, added to her point total with a match-high 19 points for Puerto Rico. Aurea Cruz chipped in 14 points in the victory. Canada was paced by Tabitha Love led Canada with 13 points and Dana Cranston added 10 points.
“Looking back, I think there are a lot of positives that we’re taking away from this,” said Canadian team captain Brittney Page. “We definitely played out of our comfort zone and stepped up and maintained that longer. Even the first set tonight wasn’t as good as we have been for the rest of the tournament. It was disappointing.”
Offensively, Puerto Rico dominated Canada with a 44-27advantage in kills and benefited from 19 Canadian errors. Canada held a slim 10-9 margin in blocks and both teams had three aces.
“We kept our worst game of the tournament for the last day,” said Canada’s head coach Arnd Ludwig. “We started well in the first set but then everything broke down.”
Canada went 1-1 in the round robin, defeated Trinidad and Tobago in the quarterfinals before falling to the U.S. in the semis.
The championship final between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic was held later Saturday.
Canada’s Roster (listed with team and hometowns)
Lisa Barclay – University of British Columbia (Brandon, MB)
Brittney Page – Barbar D’X-Elles (Belguim) (Vernon, BC)
Marie-Pier Murray-Methot – Montichiari Volley Femminile (Italy) (Quebec City, QC)
Tabi Love – Caguas Criollas (Puerto Rico) (Dauphin, MB)
Shanice Marcelle – University of British Columbia (Victoria, BC)
Dana Cranston – Colorado State University (Fort St. John, BC)
Jaimie Thibeault, E.S. Cannet Rocheville (France), (Sylvan Lake, AB)
Marisa FIeld – Istres Ouest Provence (France) (Kelowna, BC)
Lucy Charuk – ZOK Split 1700,(Croatia) (Delta, BC)
Jennifer Lundquist – Montana State University (Surrey, BC)
Kelci French – Trinity Western University, (Okotoks, AB)
Janie Guimond – Kopenicker Sport Club (Germany), (Becancour, QC)
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