Canada drops close match to Peru

LIMA, Peru (  September 4, 2012 ) – Despite a valiant effort and a much closer match than its
tournament opener, the Trinity Western women’s volleyball team of Langley,
B.C., representing Canada, dropped its second match of the U-23 Pan American
Cup, losing 3-1 (25-15, 21-25, 26-24, 25-22) to Peru Tuesday.

The Peruvians took advantage of 40 unforced errors made by the Spartans
while making only 26 themselves. The home side was also better from the
service line, earning 10 aces to Trinity Western’s six, but it was the
Spartans who held a 17-7 edge in blocking.

The Spartans Royal Richardson (Rocky Mountain House, Alta.) and Sophie
Carpentier (Ottawa, Ont.) each finished with 15 points while Amy Ott
(Leschied) (East Selkirk, Man.) and Alicia Perrin (Creston, B.C.) had 8
points apiece.

The loss dropped the Spartans to 0-2 in Pool B while the win improved Peru’s
record to 2-0.

“I was impressed by the way our team bounced back after a subpar first set,”
Canada’s Ryan Hofer said. “We blocked very well in the last two sets and
enjoyed the support of the fans of the match.”

Trinity Western captain Kelci French, who had a team-high three aces, said
they gave their best but didn’t play up to their best in the first set. “In
the second and third set we improved our reception,” she said.

Trinity Western will take on Costa Rica Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m.
PDT) in its final game of the round robin. The Spartans will need a win to
advance to the quarter-finals.

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