Canadians lose to Dominican Republic at NORCECA Girls Youth Volleyball Championships

GUATEMALA CITY – The Calgary Dinos under-16 team, representing Canada at the NORCECA Girls Youth Volleyball Championships, put an early scare into the powerful Dominican Republic squad before falling 21-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-19 on Wednesday night in round robin play.

Both countries evened their record at one win and one loss apiece.

Alexa Gray led the Canadian attack with 18 points, including two service aces, while team captain Megan Festival added 11.

Canadian coach Jesse Knight was delighted with the team’s performance.

 “I think we played great,” she said. “We showed that we can compete at this level. After the first set we kept battling but couldn’t adjust to the powerful attack of Dominican Republic.”

The other Dinos team members are: Gbemisola Olutogun, Carly Heath, Jen Stephenson, Sarah Pradhan, Emmalyn Copping, Kacey Otto, Carolyn O’Dwyer, Rachael Lynch, Janelle Hoff and Mariah Walsh.

Canada is in group C with Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and the U.S. The Americans clinched a playoff berth with an easy victory over Jamaica to improve to 2-0.

Canada completes its round robin schedule Thursday against the U.S. The two pool winners with best points-ratio after the round robin will advance directly to the semifinal phase while the third first place team will play in the quarterfinals against the second place sides.