Canada out-blocked the Colombians 15-7 and held a 6-1 margin in aces. They also had the advantage in attacks 47-37 and made fewer errors.
Kyla Richey (Robert’s Creek, BC) was top scorer for Canada with 15 points, followed by Tabitha Love (Dauphin, MB) with 13, three blocks included. Lucy Charuk (Tsawwassen, BC) had four blocks among her 12 points and Jaimie Thibault of Sylvan Lake, AB, chipped in with 11, two blocks and two aces included. Amanda Coneo had 14 points for Colombia and Ivonne Montano added 10 in the loss.
Canadian Captain Brittney Page (Vernon, BC) said : “It was an important victory for us as we continue moving forward. We have worked very well in blocking, and I hope we can keep that consistency. We have played against Brazil and have seen Puerto Rico, so we are ready to go out to win fifth place.”
Canada plays Puerto Rico for fifth place on Sunday (June 21).
“It was important to win because in the last two matches we couldn’t develop our performance,” said Canada’s head coach, Arnd Ludwig. “We are going to watch the match of Puerto Rico and Brazil closely, and then prepare a plan that allows us to close the tournament with a victory.”
Report courtesy of NORCECA.