Volleyball Canada – Jackie Skender
TORONTO, Canada, July 21, 2015 – The Canadian women’s team had a tough loss yesterday to Argentina 1-3 in its final preliminary match of the Games (25-23, 25-27, 20-25, 21-25).
“It was a really tough game for us,” said Jaimie Thibeault of Sylvan Lake, Alberta. “I think we weren’t mentally prepared for the game. We missed a lot of opportunities to get momentum in the game and we didn’t capitalize on some of their errors. It just wasn’t the same game against Cuba, we weren’t all focused and we weren’t all there.”
Kyla Richey contributed 18 points in Canada’s effort; while Paula Yamila Nizetich was top scorer for the winning side with 19. Canadians Tabitha Love and Shanice Marcelle had 16 and 10 points, respectively.
Defending champions Brazil and Dominican Republic both earned direct tickets to the semi-final phase of the women’s volleyball tournament as top finishers in their respective pools during the preliminary round. Cuba finished tied with Canada in third place in Pool A with a record of 1-2, but got the third place due to a .957 point-ratio to .873 of Canada. Canada will not contend for a medal.
Today will see the women’s beach team of Melissa Humana-Paredes (Toronto, ON) and Taylor Pischke (Winnipeg, MB) battle with Liliane Maestrini and Carolina Horta of Brazil at 3 pmEastern. A bronze medal is on the line.
Canada’s men’s indoor team plays the U.S. today at 7 pm Eastern time at Exhibition Place.