TORONTO, Canada, July 23, 2015 – In a match to determine classification today, Canada’s women’s team came up short in a battle with Peru 2-3 (25-22, 24-26, 25-17, 21-25, 13-15). The Canadians finish with a 1-3 record; and eighth overall at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
“Our goal was to finish top four, and we obviously didn’t reach that,” said head coach Arnd Ludwig. “It was really tough the last two days to get focused. We did it at the beginning well but we couldn’t control the game the whole time, there were too many ups and downs. We had two days (to prepare), the first day to try and get over the loss of the day before, and the second day we had to build up the team again. It was really tough this time to get through that…. We played really well against Cuba, and we played two average matches against Argentina and Peru. I think the atmosphere was great, and the whole game situation was really good. I just wish we would have done a little better.”
Peru’s Angela Leyva was the match top scorer with 25 points, followed by Maguilaura Frias with 18. Canada’s Tabi Love (Dauphin, MB) contributed 18 to her team’s effort; followed by Kyla Richey (Roberts Creek, BC) with 15.
Alberta’s Jaimie Thibeault, who had 13 points for Canada, said: “It (the tournament) had a lot of ups and downs. It’s an emotional roller coaster for us, and I think that we deserve to be in a better spot. Today we are very angry, it’s hard playing in a game like this, but it’s been amazing to play in Canada.”
The teams played in front of 4000 fans at Exhibition Place.
Tomorrow at 7 pm local time, Canada’s men’s team, undefeated in pool play, faces Argentina in the tournament’s semi-finals.