Canadian national women’s volleyball team launches 18-day South - Central American tour with victory

PUAN, Argentina- Canada’s national women’s volleyball team launched its 18-day South- Central American tour with a 16-25. 26-24, 25-23, 16-25, 15-8 victory over Argentina on Monday night. It’s the first in a five-match series this week between the two countries.

The Canadians are currently tuning up for the FIVB women’s world volleyball championships October 29 to November 14 in Japan.

"Our goals for this tour are to focus on us and on our game without being focused too much on the result," said Canada’s head coach Arnd Ludwig. "We have worked a lot on our attack using the block. We also worked a lot in minimizing our errors on the court and I hope we can transfer the good practices on the court for these matches."

Canada is fielding a 14-member team for the tour lead by team captain Tammy Mahon of Holland, Man., Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., and Tiffany Dodds of Lucky Lake, Sask.  After Argentina, the Canadians also head to Peru and Costa Rica for four more matches.

Here is the match schedule for the Tour

Monday, August 30 Match vs Argentina - Puan, Argentina

Tuesday, August 31 Match vs Argentina - Coronel Dorrego, Argentina

Wednesday, September 1 Match vs Argentina - Olavarria, Argentina

Friday, September 3 Match vs Argentina - Gonzalez Chaves, Argentina

Saturday, September 4 Match vs Argentina - Belgrano, Argentina

Sunday, September 5 Depart for Lima, Peru

September 6-11 Matches vs Peru (match schedule TBC)

September 12 Depart for Costa Rica

September 13-15 Matches vs Costa Rica (match schedule TBC)

September 16 Return to Canada

Canadian team roster

Tammy Mahon, Holland, MB; Tonya Mokelki, Weyburn, SK; Kyla Richey, Roberts Creek, BC; Jennifer Hinze, Vancouver, BC; Tasha Holness, Calgary, AB; Sarah Pavan, Kitchener, ON; Carla Bradstock, Richmond, BC; Janie Guimond, Bécancour, QC; Julie Young, Red Deer, AB; Lauren O'Reilly, Langley, BC; Tiffany Dodds, Lucky Lake, SK; Nadine Alphonse, Montreal, QC; Tricia Mayba, Winnipeg, MB (Argentina segment); Marisa Field, Kelowna, BC (Peru/Costa Rica segment).

Canadian team blog

You can follow Team Manager Nichole Mailey's blog from this tour on the the Volleyball Canada Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Volleyball-Canada/79087986955?ref=ts