Canada to play for bronze at the pre-qualifier
MORELIA, Mexico, October 1, 2015 – Dominican Republic defeated Canada 3-1 (18-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-20) to reach the gold-medal match of the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship held at the Bicentenario Auditorium in Morelia, Mexico.
“We started aggressive (to win the first set), but our serves failed in the second set making it easier for the Dominicans to score; they have more experience and are more clever,” said Canada’s coach Arnd Ludwig. “I really had no expectations about today’s outcome, we wanted to play well.”
The Dominicans held a huge advantage in spikes 51-35, while Canada had a 13-12 margin in blocks and 2-1 in aces. The Dominicans scored on 29 errors of Canada but gave away 38 points from their errors.
Outside Hitter Brayelin Martinez scored 22 points, 18 on kills and four on blocks to lead Dominican Republic into the final, and Yonkaira Peña contributed 13 points. Canada’s top scorer was opposite Tabitha Love with 14 points, followed by Dana Cranston with 11 points and Rebecca Pavan with 10 points.
Canada’s team captain, Brittney Page, said: “our blocking executed well in the first set, after that we had ups and downs – we needed to make better choices while spiking; we were too inconsistent.”
In the other semi-final, the United States beat Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-17) and will defend its title against Dominican Republic on Friday. Canada will meet Puerto Rico in the bronze match today at 6 pm local time, 7 pm Eastern time.
The top four teams have already earned a berth in the Olympic qualifier to be held in January.
Canadian Roster (name, hometown)
Janie Guimond – Bécancour, QC
Kristen Moncks – Standard, AB
Tabitha Love – Dauphin, MB
Shanice Marcelle – Victoria, BC
Kyla Richey – Robert’s Creek, BC
Dana Cranston – Fort St. John, BC
Brittney Page – Vernon, BC
Rebecca Pavan – Kitchener, ON
Jennifer Cross – Scarborough, ON
Lucy Charuk – Tsawwassen, BC
Marisa Field – Kelowna, BC
Jaimie Thibeault – Sylvan Lake, AB
Danielle Smith – Beaverlodge, AB
Megan Cyr – St. Andrews, MB
Arnd Ludwig – Head Coach
Ryan Ratushniak – Asst Coach
Byron Bahniuk – Athletic Therapist
Shane Smith – Statistician
Nichole Mailey – Team Manager
Report and photo courtesy of NORCECA