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Canada opened the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship with a win over Cuba 3-1 (25-16, 22-25, 25-17, 25-14) on Tuesday at Roberto Clemente Coliseum.

Canada led in kills 44-35 and blocks (10-6) as well as in serves (10-5). Canada also scored on 33 opponent errors compared with 26 by Cuba.

Outside hitter Alexa Gray led with 21 points for Canada, followed by teammate Kiera Van Ryk with 20 points, including six aces. Middle blocker Melanies Arcia and outside hitter Ivy May Vila topped Cuba with 10 points apiece.

The NORCECA Women’s Championship, which qualifies teams to the NORCECA final four Olympic Qualifier in January, is being streamed on NORCECA TV.

Canada plays Costa Rica on Wednesday.

Canada’s roster:

#1 Jessie Niles, Turner Valley, AB
#3 Kiera Van Ryk, Surrey, BC
#4 Kyla Richey (C), Roberts Creek, BC
#5 Danielle Smith, Beaverlodge, AB
#8 Alicia Ogoms, Winnipeg, MB
#9 Alexa Gray, Calgary, AB
#12 Jennifer Cross, Scarborough, ON
#13 Brie King, Langley, BC
#14 Hilary Howe, Calgary, AB
#16 Shainah Joseph, Ottawa, ON
#17 Kristen Moncks, Standard, AB
#19 Marie-Alex Bélanger, Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, QC
#20 Alicia Perrin, Creston, BC
#23 Emily Maglio, Coquitlam, BC

Head Coach: Ben Josephson
Assistant Coach: Joseph Trinsey
Assistant Coach: Shannon Winzer
Team Manager: Cody Piwowar-Desilets
Physiotherapist: Fraser Perry
Statistician: Christophe Elek

Competition Schedule (local time)

October 8
14:00    Canada v Cuba 3-1
16:00    United States v Trinidad & Tobago
18:00    Dominican Republic v Mexico
20:15    Puerto Rico v Costa Rica
October 9
14:00    Canada v Costa Rica
16:00    Dominican Republic v Trinidad & Tobago
18:00    United States v Mexico
20:15    Puerto Rico v Cuba
October 10
14:00    Costa Rica v Cuba
16:00    Mexico v Trinidad & Tobago
18:00    United States v Dominican Republic
20:15    Puerto Rico v Canada

Playoffs: TBD