Solid blocking carries Canada to victory at Pan Am Cup

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Brittney Page of Vernon, B.C., scored 16 points Tuesday to lead Canada to a 25-19, 25-12, 25-10 victory over Chile to conclude the round robin portion of the Pan Am Cup women’s volleyball tournament.

The Canadians posted a 2-3 record in the round robin for fourth place in Pool A and will advance to the consolation playoff round.  The top team in each of the two pools gains a bye to the semis while and second and third advance to the quarterfinals.

Winless Chile heads to the 11th place match in the 12-country tournament.

Tasha Holness of Calgary added 11 points while Nadine Alphonse of Montreal and Marie Murray-Methot of Quebec City charted 10 apiece. Alphonse and Holness each registered four blocks as Canada out-blocked Chile 13-3.

“We wanted to use the game to stabilize our skills and we did that,” said Canadian team captain Tammy Mahon of Holland, Man. “Tomorrow is a rest day and we will prepare for the next round of games.”

Canada plays Trinidad and Tobago in its first consolation playoff match on Thursday.

The Dominican Republic defeated Cuba Tuesday to win Pool A with a perfect 5-0 record, Cuba was second at 4-1 and Argentina third at 3-2. In Pool B, Brazil was first, the U.S., second and Puerto Rico third.

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