Canadians upset Cuba in final match of Super Series

WINNIPEG – Fans at University of Manitoba’s Investors Group Athletic Centre were not disappointed Friday night in witnessing Team Canada’s victory over world powerhouse Cuba.

The National Women’s Volleyball Team came together this evening in spectacular form in the third and final game of this week’s Super-Series, with a huge upset win over Cuba in four sets.  Scores were 18-25, 27-25, 25-22 and 25-17 in favor of Team Canada.

Sarah Pavan (Kitchener, ON) led Canada with 13 points, while Canadian player of the game Tammy Mahon (Holland, MB) added 11 of her own.  For the Cuban Team, Yanelis Santos Allegne had an impressive 22 kills and 7 aces, which earned her the player of the game for Cuba.

“I am very proud of the Team,” said Arnd Ludwig, head coach of Team Canada. “To come back from 18-10 in the second set was great. Them holding on throughout the game and seeing them play at this level makes me excited for the World Championship (in Japan) this month.”

The three game Super-Series offered local fans a rare opportunity to see Team Canada’s top line up face internationally top-ranked Cuba in Winnipeg for multiple matches.  Both the Canadian (ranked 24th in the world) and Cuban (ranked 6th) National teams showed off their A-Squads as the Super-Series acted as part of their preparations and lead up  to the World Championships taking place later this October in Japan.

Canada’s roster for the Super-Series includes:

Setters

Lauren O’Reilly (Langley, BC), Carla Bradstock (Richmond, BC)

Outside Hitters

Tammy Mahon (Holland, MB), Tiffany Dodds (Lucky Lake, SK), Sarah Pavan (Kitchener, ON), Brittney Page (Vernon, BC), Kyla Richey (Roberts Creek, BC), Tonya Mokelki (Weyburn, SK)

Middle

Marisa Field (Kelowna, BC), Nadine Alphonse (Montreal, QC), Tasha Holness (Calgary, AB), Jennifer Hinze (Vancouver, BC)

Libero

Julie Young (Red Deer, AB), Janie Guimond (Becancour, QC)

 

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