Canada wins first match at Pan Am Cup

ROSARITO, MexicoCanada’s national women’s volleyball team earned its first victory at the Pan Am Cup on Thursday with a 25-19, 25-18, 25-15 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in its opening consolation playoff round match.

The Canadians, who went 0-4 in round robin play, still have a chance for a fifth place finish if they can with their matches on Friday and Saturday.

In Thursday’s match Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., was the top scorer in the match with 11 points. Tonya Mokelki of Weyburn, Sask., added nine and team captain Tammy Mahon of Holland, Man., eight. All 12 players on the Canadian team saw some game action.

“We capitalized on our opportunities and stayed steady,” said Mahon.  “The win was definitely good for us because we were struggling a bit with our confidence with our up and down play so far. We still have a tendency to let up late in sets and we know we can’t do that against the stronger teams.”

Canada’s next match is on Friday against an opponent yet to be determined.

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 (photo No.16) ; 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. (photo No. 19)


Head Coach Arnd Ludwig

Assistant Coach Scott Koskie

Team Manager Diane Scott

Athletic Therapist Ben Trunzo

Statistician David Carrassco