Formosa, Argentina,– Canada pulled together for a 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 31-29) win over hosts Argentina in Pool L of FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix at the Stadium Sincuentario on Friday night.
Tabitha Love topped all scorers with 22 points to lead the Canadian offence. Paula Nizetich and Lucia Fresco scored 17 points each for Argentina.
Canada coach’s Arnd Ludwig explained: “We had a good start but we lost control in the first set, then there was a big change in the second set when we were 2-8 down and came back to win the set. I think we controlled Argentina and made a really good match.”
Canada led 8-6 in the first set, but Argentina scored two-straight points to tie the score at eight until the Argentine side grabbed the lead 10-9 from a block by Lucia Fresco. Canada reacted quickly to tie the score at 12. Argentina, however, showed better defence at the net that turned the tables at 22-21 when Emilce Sosa blocked Love. Another block by Nizetich on Kyla Richey gave Argentina the set ball, until Sosa followed it up with a kill to secure the set 25-22.
Argentina worked its service game well and jumped to a 7-3 lead in the second set then later on a deadly serve from Canada levelled the score at 14-all. Argentina held a 23-20 lead but the Canadians surprisingly rampaged to a 25-23 victory in the second set. Canada’s chances brightened up as Lucy Charuk’s performance in crucial plays lifted her team to a 9-5 advantage over the home team in the third set. Canada capitalised on Argentina’s errors to build a commanding 18-9 lead. Canada was rewarded with the 25-14 set victory from an Argentine service error.
“We had strong serve and we stayed constant throughout the game, which took away some of their top players,” said Canada’s captain, Brittany Page. “They are a strong team and we knew we had to stay focused all the time in order to win.”
Canada led 11-7 in the fourth set but Argentina cut down the Canadians’ lead to 12-10. After a long struggle late in the set, Canada prevailed 31-29.
Report by www.fivb.com
The next stop for the women’s team after Grand Prix is the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.
Brittney Page – Vernon, BC
Kyla Richey – Robert’s Creek, BC
Dana Cranston – Fort St. John, BC
Tabitha Love – Dauphin, MB
Lisa Barclay – Brandon, MB
Shanice Marcelle – Victoria, BC
Lucy Charuk – Tsawwassen, BC
Marisa Field – Kelowna, BC
Jennifer Cross – Scarborough, ON
Jaimie Thibeault – Sylvan Lake, AB
Tesca Andrew-Wasylik – Unionville, ON
Janie Guimond – Bécancour, QC
Jennifer Lundquist – Surrey, BC
Brittany Habing – Winnipeg, MB
Arnd Ludwig – Head Coach
Ryan Ratushniak – Assistant Coach
Mandy Los – Athletic Therapist
Lee Carter – Team Manager
Shane Smith – Statistician