Cuba Too Much for Team Canada in Opening Match of Winnipeg Super-Series

WINNIPEG – In the opening match of their three game ‘Super-Series’ with Cuba the Team Canada Women were defeated 3-0 in straight sets this afternoon at the University of Manitoba’s Investors Group Athletic Centre.  Set scores in favour of the Cubans were 25-17, 25-17 and 25-21.   

Sarah Pavan (Kitchener, ON) led the Canadian attack with 10 points while Tiffany Dodds (Lucky Lake, SK) contributed with eight points of her own.  Kenia Carcaces Opon led the offensive effort for Cuba with 17 points on 14 kills, two blocks and one service ace, Gyselle de la Caridad Silva Franco finished with 13 points. 

The match also acted as the Team Canada Volleyball Centre’s ‘annual schools game’ where over 1,000 local students attended, cheering non-stop from the stands from start to finish despite the Team Canada loss.

“During the first two sets we were not competing at the level we had to be,” said Arnd Ludwig, Team Canada’s Head Coach. “We were making too many errors. In the third set we started pressuring them and stayed close until the end, when we started to let them take too many points off of us.” Of the next two matches he says, “I want to see more confidence right from the beginning.”

The three game Super-Series offers 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 are showing off their A-Squads as the Super-Series is acting as part of their preparations and lead up  to the World Championships taking place a few weeks later in Japan.

Games two and three of the Super-Series take place this Thursday and Friday evening (October 7th & 8th)  at 7:30pm, both at the University of Manitoba’s Investors Group Athletic Centre.  Tickets are $10 with a group rate of $7.50, and are available at the door or through www.volleyball.ca

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)