Cuba remains undefeated after win over Canada at Pan Am Cup

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico– Cuba maintained its perfect record in Pool A after a 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-22) victory over Canada on Monday evening at the Pan Am Cup women’s volleyball tournament.

The Cubans move to 4-0 and pending the outcome of the Dominican Republic-Mexico match later Monday could meet the Dominicans for top spot in the pool on Tuesday. The first place team in each of the two pools gets a bye to the semifinals.

Canada meanwhile is 1-3 and is in fourth place behind Argentina which took winless Chile in straight sets to improve its record to 2-3. The second and third place teams in each pool advance to the quarterfinals

Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., the tournament’s leading scorer entering Monday’s match, led Canada with 13 points. Lucille Charuk of Tsawwassen, B.C., added six and Elizabeth Cordonier of Vancouver five.


“We always learn playing against a team like Cuba so we were glad to have them in our pool,” said Canadian team captain Tammy Mahon of Holland, Man. “We go tomorrow against Chile and I hope we can find our rhythm because today we had many ups and downs.”

Canada’s head coach was pleased with the effort by his troops


“Our serves were too easy for powerful hitters like Cuba, otherwise I think we played a good game,” he said.

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