Netherlands takes second match over Canada in series

HAMILTONCanada produced some strong point runs in the second and third sets but wound up losing 25-17, 25-22, 29-27 to the Netherlands on Thursday night at McMaster University’s Burridge Gym.

The Netherlands, ranked 12th in the world, lead the four-match series 2-0 with the final two matches this weekend in Waterloo, Ont.

Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., was the top Canadian scorer with 13 points.

"Today's match started a little slow, but once we got into a rhythm we definitely showed what we're capable of,’’ said Pavan. ‘’We're making improvements little by little and we are hoping to have a good showing this weekend."

After a rough first set, the Canadians nearly reeled in the Dutch late in the second set closing to within a point late in the set after being down 12-20. They carried that momentum into the third set.

‘’We have to be more aggressive from the start of the match,’’ said Canada’s head coach Arnd Ludwig. ‘’We just made too many errors at the beginning. In the middle of the second set we were getting better. How we played in the last set should be how we perform in the entire match. We need more sets like the last set in order for our game to get better."

Canada, ranked 20th in the world, are tuning up for their first Olympic qualifying event next month.

Matches three and four are Saturday and Sunday at the University of Waterloo Physical Activities Complex. Saturday’s match is at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s at 3 p.m.

For ticket sales to the Waterloo matches visit http://maraudertickets.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp. School and group rates are also available for all the matches.

Canada's roster:

Julie Young

Red DeerAB

Tammy Mahon

HollandMB

Claire Hanna

CalgaryAB

Tonya Mokelki

WeyburnSK

Carla Bradstock

RichmondBC

Sarah Pavan

KitchenerON

Marisa Field

KelownaBC

Nadine Alphonse

MontrealQC

Tasha Holness

CalgaryAB

Marie-Pier Methot

Baie-ComeauQC

Elizabeth Cordonier

VancouverBC

Jennifer Hinze

VancouverBC

Brittney Page

VernonBC

Kyla Richey

Roberts Creek, BC

Lauren O'Reilly

LangleyBC

Head Coach: Arnd Ludiwg

 

Asst Coach: Scott Koskie