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Canada’s Women Finish Fourth at NORCECA Championship

MORELIA, Mexico, October 2, 2015 – Puerto Rico defeated Canada 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17) to win the bronze medal of the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship on Friday at Bicentenario Auditorium in Morelia, Michoacan.

Puerto Rico held a 54-35 margin in kills, a 10-8 advantage in blocking and 6-1 in aces. Puerto Rico committed more errors than Canada (37-28).

Canada´s captain Brittney Page said : “In the first set we played basic volleyball – receiving, passing and scoring…. even with the loss, it was a big step from our previous performances at the Pan Am Games and past NORCECA tournaments…the team is stronger.”

The crucial top four placing allows Canada to enter the Olympic qualification tournament early next year. Final ranking: 1. United States; 2. Dominican Republic; 3. Puerto Rico; 4. Canada; 5. Cuba; 6. Mexico; 7. Trinidad and Tobago; 8. Costa Rica

“I was hoping for a little bit more, our receiving and passing were off, we didn’t play as well as we did in the previous matches. Achieving our minimum goal of qualifying to the Final Four is a big step in the right direction,” said Canada’s coach Arnd Ludwig.

Canada’s Lucy Charuk was named “best blocker” of the tournament.

Canadian Roster (name, hometown)

Janie Guimond – Bécancour, QC
Kristen Moncks – Standard, AB

Outside Hitters:
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