Canada sweeps Costa Rica in second win at NORCECA tournament

Canada made quick work of Costa Rica 3-0 (25-20, 25-8, 25-13) in its second win in pool A at the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Canada, with a 2-0 win-loss record, resumes preliminary round play against host Puerto Rico tomorrow; the winner advances directly to semifinals and automatically wins a ticket to the NORCECA final four Olympic qualifier in January.

Canada had a large 38-16 advantage in attacks, 6-2 in blocks and 13-4 margin on service points.

Outside hitter Kyla Richey led Canada’s scoring with seven aces from her 15 points, middle blocker Alicia Perrin and outside hitter Hilary Howe contributed 11 and 10 points respectively. Outside hitter Tamara Espinoza scored 12 points for Costa Rica.

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Kyla Richey, Canada’s team captain, said: “Costa Rica battled and had a good defense but we were able to win on the serving line. We are really excited to play Puerto Rico tomorrow because the winner for sure is going to the Olympic qualifier; so it’s going to be a big match and we hope pick up our game.”

Ben Josephson, Canada’s coach said;  “Tomorrow is going to be a tough match, Puerto Rico is a great team, they are a passionate team with great energy, and I hope that brings out the best in us.”

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 3-0
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