Canada loses opening match at Olympic qualifier

 TIJUANA, Mexico (April 29, 2012)– Canada’s national women’s volleyball team lost 25-18, 25-14, 25-21 to Puerto Rico on Sunday evening in the opening match for both countries at Olympic qualifying  tournament.

The winner of the week-long event earns a ticket to the 2012 London Games.

Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., was Canada’s leading scorer with 11 points while Tammy Mahon of Holland, Man., added nine.

Canada has a rough start to the match falling behind 8-3 at the first time out break in the opening set.  In sets two and three, the Canadians built early leads but were eventually caught by the unrelenting Puerto Rican squad.

''We didn't play well in the first two sets,'' said Canada's head coach Arnd Ludwig.  ''It was only in the third set that we started to show what we are capable of and that is to fight hard for every point.''

In the other Group A match, the Dominican Republic trounced Honduras 25-5, 25-5, 25-7 while in Group B, Cuba hammered Trinidad and Tobago 25-15, 25-7, 25-12.  The MexicoCosta Rica match was later Sunday.

The top three in each group after the round robin advance to the playoff round.

Canada faces the Dominican on Monday at 8 p.m. (EDT)


April. 30: Round robin match #2 - Canada vs. Dominican Republic

May 1: Round robin match #3 - Canada vs. Honduras

May 2: Quarterfinals

May 4: Semi-finals

May 5: Finals






Left Sides:

Tammy Mahon: Holland, MB

Tonya Mokelki: Weyburn, SK

Liz Cordonier: Vancouver, BC

Kyla Richey: Vancouver BC


Middle Blockers:

Jennifer Hinze: Vancouver, BC

Marisa Field: Vancouver, BC

Tasha Holness: Calgary, AB


Right Sides:

Sarah Pavan: Kitchener, ON

Brittney Page: Vernon, BC



Jaclyn Ellis: Mississauga, ON

Kelci French : Okotoks, AB



Julie Young: Red Deer, AB