Canada falls to Dominican Republic in Pan Am Cup opener



LIMA, Peru (September 3, 2012) – The Trinity Western women’s volleyball team, representing
Canada, dropped its first game of the U-23 Pan American Cup to Dominicana,
falling 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-20) at Miguel Grau Coliseum Monday.

The Langley, B.C. school, who were playing in their first official game
since earning a fifth place finish at last year’s CIS national championship
and first match donning red and white, had an impressive third set – keeping
it close throughout with a strong Dominicana side – but that was the
brightest spot in what was a tough opening match for the Canadian
contingent.

“For most of my players this is their first international experience and
today we played against a very talented team in the Dominican Republic who
were very physical with great jumping ability,” Trinity Western coach Ryan
Hofer said. “It is a learning process for us.”

Trinity Western was led by Amy Ott (Leschied) (East Selkirk, Man.) and Royal
Richardson (Rocky Mountain House, Alta.), who each had four kills while
Alicia Perrin (Creston, B.C.) finished with a team-high three blocks and
Kelci French (Okotoks, Alta.) had nine running sets and three kills.

First-year outside hitter Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa, Ont.) had a game-high
three aces to go along with three kills in just two sets.

The Dominicans held an overwhelming advantage of 40-18 in attacks and
committed just 18 errors to 25 by the Spartans. Dominicana also outblocked
the Spartans 8-6 but it was Trinity Western with five service aces to the
Dominicans two.

Yonkaira Peña and Lisvel Eve registered 17 and 14 points respectively as the
top scorers for Dominicana. Jeoselyna Rodriguez contributed 8 points and
Candida Arias added six.

Trinity Western will take on host Peru Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. PDT)
and Costa Rica Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. PDT) to round out pool
play.

Canada and the Dominicans are joined in Pool B by Peru and Costa Rica. Peru
trounced Costa Rica 25-8, 25-10, 25-8. The Pool A teams are Brazil,
Colombia, Cuba and Argentina. Brazil defeated Colombia in four sets and
Argentina took Cuba, also in four on Monday.

More information: www.volleyball.ca, www.norceca.net,
http://twu.ca/athletics/