Another near major upset for Canada at Pan Am

CALLAO, Peru, June 14, 2013 – After bringing Cuba to five sets in the round robin, Canada’s national women’s volleyball team nearly bounced Brazil in the quarterfinals Friday night at the Pan Am Cup.

The Brazilians finally made it to the final four winning the match 25-20, 23-25, 25-13, 20-25, 15-9. It was Canada’s third five-setter in four matches.

Gabriela Braga Guimaraes led Brazil with 27 points, while Silvia Aparecida totaled 12. Kyla Richey was the leader for Canada with 16, Jaimie Thibeault closed with 14 including 3 aces while Lisa Barclay and Shanice Marcelle had 13 and 10 points respectively.

“Brazil did a great job, we tried to focus on the second and fourth set,” said Arnd Ludwig, the coach of Canada.

The Canadians now move in to the fifth to eighth place bracket.  They play Puerto Rico on Saturday night.  The championship round semis will pit the U.S., against Brazil and the Dominican Republic versus Argentina. and

12-member Canadian roster for the Pan Am Cup June 8-17 in Lima, Peru:

Outside Hitters:

Lisa Barclay, Brandon , MB,, University of British Columbia 

Shanice Marcelle, Victoria BC, UBC

Brittney Page, Vernon BC, Barbar D'X-Elles (Belgium)

Tabi Love, Daupin, MB, Caguas Criollas (Puerto Rico)

Marie-Pier Murray- Methot, Quebec City, Montichiari Volley Femminile (Italy)

Kyla    Richey, Robert's Creek, BC, SC Potsdam (Germany)


Middle Blockers:

Marisa Field, Kelowna BC, Istres Ouest Provence (France)

Jaimie Thibeault, Sylvan Lake AB, E.S. Cannet Rocheville (France)

Lucy Charuk, Tsawwassen, BC, ZOK Split 1700 (Croatia) 



Dani Smith, Beaverlodge, AB, Vancouver Island Univeristy

Jennifer Lundquist, Surrey, BC, Montana State Univeristy


Janie  Guimond, Becancour, QC, Kopenicker Sport Club (Germany)