Canada to play for fifth place at NORCECA junior women’s volleyball championships

TIJUANA, Mexico – Canada lost its quarterfinal match to the Dominican Republic 25-22, 25-18, 25-22 on Thursday at the 10-country NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation)  junior women’s volleyball championships.

With the loss, the Canadians, represented by the national 18U champions Brandon Tri-Star Storm, will play for fifth place on Saturday. It was the second meeting meting between the two squads in two days. The Dominicans won Wednesday’s round robin encounter in four sets.

“It was quite an experience to play the Dominicans again,” said right side Samantha Hutcheson. “This time we knew what to expect from them and we came out playing hard and showed a lot of passion. We fought for every point. If we can leave here with fifth place it’ll be a big success.”

“We battled hard but we couldn’t get any runs going,” said Canada’s head coach Derek Richels. “We had trouble with our serving game but everything else was pretty solid.”

This is the first international experience for the Canadian players.

“Their ability to play with these teams has been pretty impressive,” said Richels. “They believed from the start that they could compete and have shown that this week.”

Meaghan Robertson led the Canadian attack with 12 points including nine on spikes. Lisa Barclay added seven and Erika Buchanan six.

Canada plays the loser of the Mexico-Puerto Rico quarterfinal held later Thursday on Saturday afternoon for fifth spot.