Pan Am round up- Canada loses heartbreaker in women’s volleyball at Pan Am Games

Redmann and Saxton win opening beach match

GUADALAJARACanada squandered a two set lead and lost in five to the Dominican Republic on Monday in women’s volleyball action at the Pan American Games. The Dominicans took the two hour and 16 minute marathon 27-29, 22-25, 27-25, 25-21, 15-12.

With the victory the Dominicans (1-2) take third spot in Group A to advance to advance to the quarterfinals while Canada (0-3) will battle for positions five to eight in the consolation round.

‘’It’s frustrating to lose a match that way,’’ said Canada’s libero Julie Young of Red Deer, Alta. ‘’We laid it all out there. We were consistent from start to finish but they elevated their game in the third set.’’

Jennifer Hinze of Vancouver led Canadian scorers with 18 points, Tasha Holness of Calgary added 17, team captain Tammy Mahon of Holland, Man., 16, Brittney Page of Vernon, B.C., 11 and Elizabeth Cordonier of Vancouver 10.

‘’It would have been really big for us to win the match,’’ said Young. The Dominicans are ranked 14th in the world and Canada 22nd

‘’However, we can’t forget that we continued to show a lot of progress tonight.’’

Canada’s next match is Wednesday afternoon against one of the quarterfinal losers.

Redmann and Saxton open beach volleyball tournament with victory

Christian Redmann of Oro Station, Ont., and Ben Saxton of Balzac, Alta., won their opening match in the men’s beach volleyball tournament on Monday defeating Williman and Zanotta of Uruguay 21-17, 21-19.

‘’Christian and Ben played very aggressive,’’ said Canada’s national coach Lennard Krapp. ‘’It was a tough match, the Uruguayans were strong, but Christian and Ben’s experience prevailed in the end.’’

On the women’s side, Heather Bansley and Liz Maloney of Toronto are 1-1 after falling to Yarleen Santiago and Yamileska Yantin of Puerto Rico 21-19, 21-18. The Canadians must win their third and final round robin match on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals.

‘’It was a really tight match,’’ said Krapp. ‘’One or two rallies made the difference in the end. I’m confident they can win tomorrow and advance.’’

Canadian women’s national volleyball team for the Pan American Games

1) Tricia Mayba - Winnipeg, MB

2) Julie Young - Red Deer, AB

3) Tammy Mahon - Holland, MB

4) Claire Hanna - Calgary, AB

5) Tonya Mokelki - Weyburn, SK

6) Carla Bradstock  - Richmond, BC

7) Tasha Holness - Calgary, AB

8) Elizabeth Cordonier - Vancouver, BC

9) Colette Meek - Sherwood Park, AB

10) Jennifer Hinze - Vancouver, BC

11) Brittney Page - Vernon, BC

12) Lauren O'Reilly - Langley, BC


Head Coach: Arnd Ludwig, Winnipeg

Assistant Coach: Scott Koskie, Winnipeg

Team Manager: Julien Boucher, Quebec City

Athletic Therapist: Ben Trunzo

Statistician: David Carrasco