Canada wins seventh place match in women’s volleyball at Pan Am Games

GUADALAJARACanada’s national women’s volleyball team will head home from the Pan Am Games on a high after defeating Mexico 19-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-15 on Thursday. It was Canada’s only victory at the tournament.

Tammy Mahon of Holland, Man., led the Canadians with 24 points. Elizabeth Cordonier of Vancouver and Tasha Holness of Calgary added 14 and 13 points respectively.  Canada held a 15-5 advantage in blocks.

“It was great for us to end the tournament with a winning note,’’ said Mahon. ‘’This was a very tough week.’’

The Canadians were in an extraordinarily strong pool with world number-one Brazil, defending champions Cuba and NORCECA Championship finalist the Dominican Republic. They went 0-3 but nearly upset the Dominicans losing in five sets.

 “Both teams were in a similar situation,’’ said Canada’s head coach Arnd Ludwig about Thursday’s match. ‘’Both wanted to win their last game. My team came a little slow in the first set. We put pressure on Mexico and we responded to their play.”

The Canadian women placed fifth at their last participation at the Games in 1999 and their last medal was a bronze in 1995 in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Later tonight, Cuba plays Brazil for gold while the U.S., and the Dominican Republic battle in the bronze medal match.

Canadian women’s national volleyball team for the Pan American Games

1) Tricia Mayba - Winnipeg, MB

2) Julie Young - Red Deer, AB

3) Tammy Mahon - Holland, MB

4) Claire Hanna - Calgary, AB

5) Tonya Mokelki - Weyburn, SK

6) Carla Bradstock  - Richmond, BC

7) Tasha Holness - Calgary, AB

8) Elizabeth Cordonier - Vancouver, BC

9) Colette Meek - Sherwood Park, AB

10) Jennifer Hinze - Vancouver, BC

11) Brittney Page - Vernon, BC

12) Lauren O'Reilly - Langley, BC


Head Coach: Arnd Ludwig, Winnipeg

Assistant Coach: Scott Koskie, Winnipeg

Team Manager: Julien Boucher, Quebec City

Athletic Therapist: Ben Trunzo

Statistician: David Carrasco