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 School and group rates are also available for all the matches.

Canada's roster:

Julie Young

Red DeerAB

Tammy Mahon


Claire Hanna


Tonya Mokelki


Carla Bradstock


Sarah Pavan


Marisa Field


Nadine Alphonse


Tasha Holness


Marie-Pier Methot


Elizabeth Cordonier


Jennifer Hinze


Brittney Page


Kyla Richey

Roberts Creek, BC

Lauren O'Reilly


Head Coach: Arnd Ludiwg


Asst Coach: Scott Koskie