Canadian women go for bronze at NORCECA


OMAHA, Nebraska (September 20, 2013) - The U.S. swept Canada 25-22, 25-14, 25-15 in Friday night’s semifinal at the NORCECA (North and Central America and Caribbean) women’s volleyball championships.

The United States, the defending champion of the biennial championship, will seek its seventh title in the tournament’s 23rd edition dating back to 1969. The Americans will play Dominican Republic, tonight’s other semifinal winner.

Canada, which holds two silver medals (1973 and 1989) as its best event finishes, will play Puerto Rico for the bronze medal. Canada has not reached the NORCECA medal podium since 1995.

Both medal matches are on Saturday.

Canada was led by Lucille Charuk’s seven points, while Tabitha Love, Jaimie Thibeault and Dana Cranston added six points in the loss.

“I think we started off really strong and really precise and crisp and then we just let it deteriorate,” said Canadian team captain Brittney Page.  “The U.S. maintained their level and they ran away with it. I just wish we maintained how we started because we came out with a lot of fire and a lot of fight. We were staying true to ourselves and focusing on ourselves.”

The United States out-served Canada 6-0 in aces and its offense generated a 37-24 advantage in kills. The Canadians held an 8-6 edge in blocks.

“I think there were two differences (between the first and second sets),” said Canada’s head coach Arnd Ludwig.  “I think the U.S. made some adjustments to our game. Also in the first set we were just going for the ball and made a lot of good serves and attacks and in the second set we were a little more scared. We didn’t put the same risk into the attack.”

The NORCECA champion earns a spot into the six-team FIVB Grand Champions Cup held Nov. 12-17 in Japan.

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