Women’s Team Off to a Good Start at the Pan Am Cup in Peru

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Jackie Skender  

LIMA, Peru, June 14, 2015 – Canada outclassed Uruguay to improve its win-loss record to 2-0 in Pool B of the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup by winning 3-0 (25-16, 25-9, 25-13) in day two at Eduardo Dibos Coliseum of Lima on Sunday.

The Canadians dominated in the blocking category 10-0 and out-served their opponents 6-2. The winners also held an overwhelming advantage of 35-15 in attacks.

Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ont.) was the only player in the match who reached double digits in the scores with 10 points, four blocks included. Marie-Pier Murray Méthot (Quebec City, QC) added eight points in the victory while Shainah Joseph (Ottawa, ON) and Brittney Page (Vernon, BC) contributed seven points apiece. Uruguay’s Gabriela Talmon had five points in the losing cause.

After the 3-2 victory over Brazil, the Canadian team knew that with the fatigue, the concentration was going to be crucial for the victory, admitted Brittney Page, the captain of Canada. “We had to be focused because we were coming from a long match in day one (five-set win over Brazil). The good thing is that all the players received chance to play and handled the situation.”

Canada’s Coach Arnd Ludwig: “We had played a long match yesterday and knew that the focus was going to be important to keep a good rhythm until the end, and finish the match in three sets.”

Sabrina Olave, the Uruguayan captain, admitted to be disappointed with the result and also for not following the plan designed for Canada.

“It was a tough match and we leave unsatisfied. The idea was to be evolving and we missed too many things. This is a very young team, reinforced with two senior players and the important thing is that they can be acquiring experience.”

Canada plays Peru today (June 15).

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