Canada Defeats Argentina in Straight Sets to Kick Off Four Game International Series

WINNIPEG – In the opening match of their four game series with Argentina, the National Women’s Volleyball Team won 3-0 in straight sets this evening at the University of Manitoba’s Investors Group Athletic Centre.  Set scores in favour of Team Canada were 25-19, 31-29 and 25-20.   

Sarah Pavan (Kitchener, ON) led the Canadian attack with 19 kills, while Kyla Richie (Roberts Creek, BC) contributed 11 kills of her own. Leticia Boscacci led Argentina with 10 kills hile Georgina Pinedo had 8.

The match was the first of three games in Winnipeg, and one in Brandon, as both teams prepare for the Pan Am Cup taking place early July in Mexico.

“The team played well in the match,” said Arnd Ludwig, Team Canada’s Head Coach. “Although the second set was close, the team was able to hold it together and come out on top.” Of the next three matches I am ready to tighten up play and ensuring we are ready for the Pan Am Cup.”

The four game series is a valuable chance for Canada (20th) and Argentina (25th) to gain competitive international experience. It is especially exciting for Canada to be able to showcase their team in the city that they train full-time in.

The remaining games take place this Friday at noon, Sunday at 3pm (both at the University of Manitoba’s Investors Group Athletic Centre), and Monday at 12:30pm at Brandon University. Tickets are $10 with group, senior and student rates, and are available at the door or through www.volleyball.ca.

Canada’s roster for the series includes:

Tricia Mayba (Winnipeg, MB), Janie Guimond (Becancour, QC), Tammy Mahon (Holland, MB), Claire Hanna (Calgary, AB), Dana Cranston (Fort St. John, BC), Carla Bradstock (Richmond, BC), Sarah Pavan (Kitchener, ON), Marisa Field (Kelowna, BC), Nadine Alphonse (Montreal, QC), Tasha Holness (Calgary, AB), Marie-Pier Méthot (Quebec City, QC), Colette Meek (Sherwood Park, AB), Lucy Charuk (Tsawwassen, BC), Brittney Page (Vernon, BC), Kyla Richey (Roberts Creek, BC), Lauren O’Reilly (Langley, BC), Elizabeth Cordonier (Vancouver, BC)