Canada in must-win semifinal at Pan Am sitting volleyball championships

September 30, 2011

Canada in must-win semifinal at Pan Am sitting volleyball championships

SAO PAULO, Brazil – Canada earned a big dose of confidence for Friday’s semifinal match against Brazil with strong performances in its final two round robin matches on Thursday at the Pan Am championships in women’s sitting volleyball.

 The Canadians need to win the tournament or place second to the U.S., if the Americans win, in order to gain a spot at next year’s Paralympic Games in London.

On Thursday, the Canadians showed Brazil, they’ll be a tough semi opponent losing a hard fought match to the Brazilians 26-24, 25-20, 25-23. Canada capped the round robin with an impressive victory over Colombia in the evening 25-3, 25-5, 25-13.

Canada is fielding a 10-member team with three members from Alberta: Allison Lang, Amber Skyrpan and Jolan Brunner, all of Edmonton. Danielle Ellis and Jordan Funnell are both from Surrey, B.C.; Karen McKoy and Chantal Beauchesne, both of Ottawa.

Manitoba has two players: Emerald Kehler of MacGregor and Leanne Muldrew of Winnipeg. Leaha Hickman of Lashburn, Sask., rounds out the squad.

Dusty Freimark of Edmonton is the head coach and Janna Dubyk of Edmonton, the assistant.

The medal matches will be held Saturday.