Canada will play for bronze after a 1-3 (18-25, 25-23, 23-25,19-25) loss to the U.S. in Friday’s semifinal match of the Pan Am Cup at the Ricardo Arias Pavilion in Santo Domingo.
Sarah Wilhite, Adora Anae and Haleigh Washington each had 13 points for the U.S. squad, while Aiyana Abukusomo-Whitney and Chiaka Ogbogu contributed 10 and 9, respectively.
Kiera Van Ryk and Alexa Gray topped Canada’s scoring with 18 and 16 points respectively, and Autumn Bailey added 10.
The United States recorded 21 blocks, led by seven from Chiaka Ogbogu, compared with nine by Canada.
“I don’t like to lose, but I am happy with the performance of my team, and tomorrow we will fight for a bronze medal,” said Canada’s head coach Marcello Abbondanza. “We need to play more matches like this one. The U.S. team improved throughout this tournament.”
Canada’s only medal at this event was a bronze in 2002, and tomorrow the Canadians will play Brazil for third place.
Megan Cyr, St. Andrews, MB
Danielle Smith, Beaverlodge, AB
Alexa Gray, Calgary, AB
Autumn Bailey, Burlington, ON
Sarah Chase, Campbell River, BC
Brianna Beamish, Surrey, BC
Kiera Van Ryk, Surrey, BC
Shainah Joseph, Ottawa, ON
Alicia Ogoms, Winnipeg, MB
Jennifer Cross, Scarborough, ON
Emily Maglio, Coquitlam, BC
Alicia Perrin, Creston, BC
Jessica Niles, Turner Valley, AB
Kristen Moncks, Standard, AB