Trieste, Italy, September 23, 2014 – Canada won its opener over Cameroon 3-1 (25-12, 25-15, 20-25, 25-14) in today’s Pool B match of the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championship.

This is a good start for the Canadians – at the last World Championship in 2010 the team did not win any of its pool matches.

“We felt a lot of pressure going into the first game,” said Canada’s coach Arnd Ludwig.

“We are playing in a very tough pool where Cameroon is probably the easiest opponent. So it was very important for us to win this first match. I think a loss would have ended our dream of reaching the second round right on the first day.”

Kyla Richey of Robert’s Creek, BC was the top scorer with 17 points. Rebecca Pavan (Kitchener, Ont.) and Lucy Charuk (Tsawwassen, BC) scored 16 and 14 points respectively. Tabitha Love (Dauphin, MB) and Shanice Marcelle (Victoria, BC) also reached double digits.

Christelle Nana was the best scorer for Cameroon with 14.

“We started the game very well and we put a lot of pressure on Cameroon from the beginning with our serves. This and our discipline in block and defense were the keys to winning the first two sets,” explained Ludwig. “In set three, Cameroon started off with a couple of good serves and we lost control of the game. All of a sudden we became nervous and we didn’t execute the first contact that well anymore. I am really satisfied with the way we played in sets one, two and four, but we need to improve our game if we want to have a chance against one of the next four teams.”

Cameroon is currently ranked 27th in the world, compared with Canada’s 21st ranking. This pool also includes world-ranked number one Brazil, Serbia (8), Turkey (11), and Bulgaria (35).

Canada captain Brittney Page said: “We played well, but of course we can improve for the next matches.”

Canada faces Turkey tomorrow (Sept. 24), at 10:30 am local time in Italy.

Follow the conversation on twitter #FIVBWomensWCH. More information, including game stats and photos, can be found at http://italy2014.fivb.org/

The competition overall sees four teams from Asia, two from Africa, ten (including the host, Italy) from Europe, two from South America and six from the North, Central America and Caribbean. The participating teams will compete against each other in 102 matches that will take place over 15 days.

Team Canada – 2014 World Women’s World Championship

Outside Hitters:
Brittney Page (Kelowna, BC) (right side)
Lisa Barclay (Brandon, MB) (right side)
Kyla Richey (Robert’s Creek, BC)
Tabitha Love (Dauphin, MB)
Shanice Marcelle (Victoria, BC)
Dana Cranston (Fort St. John, BC)

Lucy Charuk (Tsawwassen, BC)
Rebecca Pavan (Kitchener, ON)
Marisa Field (Kelowna, BC)
Jaimie Thibeault (Sylvan Lake, AB)

Jennifer Lundquist (Surrey, BC)
Megan Cyr (St. Andrews, MB)

Janie Guimond (Becancour, QC)
Tesca Andrew-Wasylik (Unionville, ON)