Pavan leads Canada victory over Trinidad and Tobago at NORCECA Championships

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico – Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., recorded a match-high 23 points leading Canada to a 3-1 (25-15, 28-30, 25-22, 25-11) victory over Trinidad and Tobago in day one of the NORCECA (North and Central America and Caribbean) Women’s Volleyball Continental Championship on Monday night.

Three other Canadian players finished the match with double digits in the scores. Tasha Holness of Calgary had 18 including six blocks, while Kyla Richey of Robert’s Creek, B.C., and Marisa Field of Kelowna, B.C., added 13 and 11 respectively.

‘’It feels really good to win the opening match of the tournament,’’ said Pavan. ‘’Trinidad keeps improving every time we play them and they came out really strong, but we were able to fight through and pull out a win so we're really happy with the outcome and look forward to playing tomorrow.’’

The Canadians held an 18-13 margin in the battle at the net.

"The first set was an easy set for us so in the second we were too laid back and brought them into the game,’’ said Canada’s head coach Arnd Ludwig. ‘’It took us the whole third set to get us back into the game but we were able to recover and get a win.’’

Canada, ranked 20th in the world is in Group B with Trinidad and Tobago (number 29) and world number-two USA. Group A teams are 19th ranked Puerto Rico, Costa Rica (23rd) and Mexico (27th) and Group C is comprised of defending champion the Dominican Republic (15th), Cuba (8th) and Panama (55th).

The top team in each group after the round robin get a bye to the semis while the second place teams and the best third place team play in the quarterfinals. 

The Canadians face the U.S., Tuesday. The quarterfinals are Thursday, semis on Friday and the medal matches Saturday.

Cuba is the most successful country with 13 crowns followed by United States with five. Canada is the only other country with double figures in the medals department with two silvers and eight bronzes.

This year’s winner earns a ticket to the FIVB World Cup in Japan in November.

Canadian roster for the women’s volleyball NORCECA championships set for September 12-18 in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Julie Young: Red Deer, AB

Tammy Mahon: Holland, MB 

Claire Hanna: Calgary, AB

Carla Bradstock: Richmond, BC

Sarah Pavan: Kitchener, ON

Marisa Field: Kelowna, BC

Tasha Holness: Calgary, AB

Liz Cordonier: Vancouver, BC

Jennifer Hinze: Vancouver, BC

Brittney Page: Vernon, BC

Kyla Richey: Robert's Creek: BC

Lauren O'Reilly: Langley, BC

Head Coach:  Arnd Ludwig

Assistant Coach: Scott Koskie

Therapist: Julie Dacquay

Manager: Nichole Mailey

Statistician: David Carrasco

Sport Psychologist: Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood



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