Canada shows big improvement in loss to Argentina at Pan Am Cup

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico– Canada showed a big improvement on Saturday evening in a 25-15, 25-23, 21-25, 26-24 loss to Argentina in Pool A action at the Pan Am Cup women’s volleyball tournament.

Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., finished with 16 points and Kyla Richey of Roberts Creek, B.C.,  added 12. Lucy Charuk of Tsawwassen, B.C., scored nine and Nadine Alphonse of Montreal earned five of her eight points blocking.

“We had up and downs but played well in the second and third sets when our blocking was good,” said Canadian team captain Tammy Mahon of Holland, Man. “I hope we can bounce back tomorrow.”

Canada’s head coach Arnd Ludwig wants his troops to polish their game in the crucial moments.

 “They played better than us at the end of the sets,” he said. “I have a couple of inexperienced players who are taking the tournament as a learning lesson.”

With the loss Canada drops to 0-2. The other teams in Canada’s pool are Cuba, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. Pool B is comprised of Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, the U.S., and Peru

The first place team in each pool in the round robin get a bye to the semis while second and third crossover for the quarterfinals.

Canada faces Mexico on Sunday evening at 10 p.m. EDT.