Canada no longer in medal hunt after loss to Brazil at Pan Am Cup

ROSARITO, Mexico – Canada’s playoff hopes were dashed on Monday night in a 25-21, 28-26, 25-21 loss to Brazil in round robin action at the Pan Am Cup women’s volleyball tournament.

The Canadians record dropped to no wins and three losses while Brazil earned its first victory and completes its round robin at 1-3. 

Cuba leads the pool at 3-0, Argentina is 2-0, the Dominican Republic 2-1 followed by Brazil and Canada. The Dominican beat Argentina later Monday. The top-three in each of the two pools advance to the playoffs which start Thursday.

On Monday, team captain Tammy Mahon of Holland, Man., led the Canadian attack with 15 points, Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., added 14 Jennifer Hinze of Vancouver 11.

''We didn't have our best match of the tournament,'' said Mahon.  ''The challenge for us will be to turn this around.  We need to put this game behind us.''

Canada concludes its round robin Tuesday night against the Dominican.

The U.S., leads pool B with a 3-0 mark followed by Peru and Trinidad and Tobago both at 2-1.

This is Canada’s first tournament in 2010 as they ultimately prepare for the world championships this fall in Japan.

Canadian roster for the Pan Am Cup women’s volleyball tournament June 19-26 in Tijuana, Mexico.

Players; Tammy Mahon, Holland, Man.; Tonya Mokelki, Weyburn, Sask.; Ashley Voth, Winnipeg; Kyla Richey, Roberts Creek, B.C.; Jennifer Hinze, Vancouver; Marisa Field, Kelowna, B.C.; Tasha Holness, Calgary; Sarah Pavan, Kitchener, Ont.; Carla Bradstock, Richmond, B.C.; Janie Guimond, Bécancour, Que.; Julie Young, Red Deer, Alta.; Lauren O'Reilly, Langley, B.C.


Head Coach Arnd Ludwig

Assistant Coach Scott Koskie

Team Manager Diane Scott

Athletic Therapist Ben Trunzo

Statistician David Carrassco