CALLAO, Peru, June 23, 2015 – Canada defeated Puerto Rico 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23) for fifth place at the XIV Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup at Miguel Grau Coliseum in Callao last Sunday.
Canada led in blocks (18-12) and also in aces (7-3). Each team committed 21 unforced errors.
Jaimie Thibault (Sylvan Lake, AB) was Canada’s top scorer with 19 points, including six blocks and four aces, followed by Tabitha Love (Dauphin, MB) with 16. Kyla Richey (Robert’s Creek, BC) contributed 13 points in the victory and Lucille Charuk added 12, including five blocks. Charuk (Tsawwassen, BC) was also named “second middle blocker” of the tournament.
Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Enright finished with 20 points as the best scorer of the match. Shirley Ferrer, Yarimar Rosa and Alexandra Oquendo charted 14, 13 and 12, respectively, in the loss.
Vernon, BC’s Brittney Page, captain of the Canadian squad, said: “It is very important to win the last match. Puerto Rico is a solid team and we had to be focused at all times to win this fifth place.”
Yarimar Rosa, captain of Puerto Rico: “We go home a little bit disappointed after today’s result. But we have to take this tournament as part of a learning process and study what we did bad and work in everything we need to improve.”
Canada’s head coach, Arnd Ludwig, concluded: “My team played with a lot of discipline and kept the calm at the key moments of the match …. That was the key for us winning today’s match, very important for us.”