Great start for Canada at junior women’s NORCECA championships

TIJUANA, Mexico – Canada blasted out of the gates at the junior women’s NORCECA volleyball championships on Monday with a straight sets victory over Costa Rica in its opening round robin match.

The Canadians, represented by the national 18U champions Brandon Tri-Star Storm, took the match 26-24, 25-18, 25-21 in 76 minutes. This Tri-Star Storm squad has been together for two years and was also the Canadian National Champions in the 17U division in 2009.

Left side Lisa Barclay led the Canadian attack with 14 points while Jennifer Dixon added 11 and middle Erika Buchanan 10. Barclay also led all players with seven digs while Brittany Habing and Samantha Hutcheson produced three service aces each.

“The girls got stronger and stronger as the match progressed,” said Canadian head coach Derek Richels. “They had an outstanding defence and we just had to keep on swinging. This was our first international match and we gained a lot of confidence.”

The other Canadian team members are: Angelica Quiring, Meaghan Robertson, Courtney Roberts, Sarah Didychuk, Samantha Hutcheson, Chloe Reimer and Mary Thomson.

Canada is in Pool A with the Dominican Republic and Costa RicaCanada’s second and final round robin match is Wednesday against the Dominican. The top-two in each of the three pools advances to the playoffs. The quarterfinals are July 8, the semis July 9 and the final July 10.

The B pool team members are Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba and the C pool teams are the U.S., El Salvador, Mexico and Guadeloupe.