Hard Fought Loss for Team Canada in Second of Three Game Super-Series Versus Cuba


WINNIPEG – The Canadian women’s volleyball team showed improvement tonight in their second match against Cuba in this week’s three game ‘Super-Series’, but their opponents proved to be too much to handle.  The 24th ranked Canadians lost in straight sets to 6th ranked Cuba with scores of 25-19, 25-22 and 29-27.

Sarah Pavan (Kitchner, ON) led Canada for a second straight game with 16 points, while Tammy Mahon (Holland, MB) added 10 of her own. For the Cuban Team, both Gyselle de la Caridad Silva Franco and Yanelis Santos Allegne had 11 points.

Head Coach Arnd Ludwig had this to say about this evening’s match: “It was a big improvement from Tuesday’s match. We hit our rhythm half way through the first set, and in the second and especially the third sets there were many good things happening on the court.”

When asked about what seeing the team playing at this level is like he responded, “These are the types of matches we need to play in order to reach our potential.”

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.

The final game of the Super-Series take place tomorrow evening (Friday, October 8th) at 7:30pm, at the University of Manitoba’s Investors Group Athletic Centre.  General admission tickets are $10 and are available at the door or through www.volleyball.ca.