Canada finishes sixth at Pan Am Cup

LIMA, Peru (September 8, 2012) – The Trinity Western women’s volleyball
team, representing Canada, lost to Cuba in a five-set thriller (16-25,
26-24, 25-18, 22-25, 15-7) in the match for fifth place at the U-23 Pan
American Cup Saturday.
Playing in its final match of the tournament, the Spartans, based in
Langley, B.C.,  were bested by a Cuban team that was led by Yoana Palacio,
who recorded a match-high 24 points to lead the victors on this day.
Despite winning the first set and then, after dropping the next two sets,
battling back to force a fifth set by taking the fourth set, the Spartans
were unable to finish on a winning note as they lost by eight points in the
deciding set.
Royal Richardson led Trinity Western with 17 tallies followed by Casie Gano,
Amy Leschied and Kelci French with 12, 11 and 10 respectively. Gano earned
six blocks and French finished with five aces.
Cuba held a 61-48 advantage in attacks to compensate their 31 errors to 22
by Trinity Western. Cuba led 13-9 in aces while the Spartans held an 11-8
difference in aces.
Trinity Western finishes the tournament ranked sixth overall and with a 2-4
“Both teams gave their best and it was a pleasure to reach a fifth set
against Cuba,” Spartans coach Ryan Hofer said. “The players showed a lot of
heart and that makes me feel happy.”
Trinity Western’s Kelci French, named the tournament’s top server, added:
“We improved day by day and today it was a tough match but we enjoyed it.”
The Dominican Republic defeated Brazil in straight sets to win the gold
medal while Argentina took Peru in four for the bronze.