Canadian women’s volleyball team encouraged with play in five-set loss to Peru

LIMA, Peru – The Canadian national women’s volleyball team took Peru to the limit on Monday but fell in five sets 20-25, 26-24, 25-17, 11-25, 25-13 in the sixth match of its south and central America tour.

The Canadians completed a five match series last week against 19th ranked Argentina earning one victory. Both Peru and Canada, ranked 17th and 24th in the world respectively, are currently tuning up for the FIVB women’s world volleyball championships set for October 29 to November 14 in Japan

Despite the loss, the Canadian team played its best match of the tour so far.

"It was easy to find our flow tonight,” said Canadian setter Lauren O’Reilly of Langley, B.C. “They are a very good defensive team, but we stuck in the rallies and felt more confident on the court and even though we lost we definitely got better tonight."

Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., led the Canadian attack with 18 points while Tiffany Dodds of Lucky Lake, Sask., added 15.

"I saw a different team on the court,” said Canada’s head coach Arnd Ludwig. “We were very aggressive, had very good positive energy. At the end of the second and fifth sets we just made too many errors and weren't precise enough, which cost us in the end.”

Canada is the midst of an 18-day tour and will play four more matches against this week Peru before concluding the trip in Costa Rica. The next Canada-Peru match is Tuesday night.