Canada to battle for seventh at Pan Am Cup
CALLAO, Peru, June 15, 2013 - Puerto Rico defeated Canada 3-1 (27-25, 18-25, 25-17, 25-19) and booked the final spot available for the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix at the Women’s Pan American Cup volleyball tournament.
Karina Ocasio and Jaimie Thibeault were the top scorers of the match to decide the last team qualified to the FIVB World Grand Prix of 2014. Ocasio closed with 21 points for the Puerto Ricans, while Sheila Ocasio scored 15. Thibeault tallied 18 for the Canadian team that also had Kyla Richey (13) and Lisa Barclay (14) as top scorers.
“Puerto Rico played very well, with a very good defense and fought really hard at the end”, said Brittney Page, Canada’s captain.
“The Grand Prix was also our goal. We played well for the first two sets, but after that we went down and felt tired, congratulations to Puerto Rico for their qualification”, stated Arnd Ludwig, coach of Canada.
Canada now with a 2-3 record overall including two losses in five sets, faces Peru for seventh place on Sunday.
The U.S., will face the Dominican Republic in the gold medal match and Brazil challenges Argentina for the bronze.
12-member Canadian roster for the Pan Am Cup June 8-17 in Lima, Peru:
Lisa Barclay, Brandon , MB,, University of British Columbia
Shanice Marcelle, Victoria BC, UBC
Brittney Page, Vernon BC, Barbar D'X-Elles (Belgium)
Tabi Love, Daupin, MB, Caguas Criollas (Puerto Rico)
Marie-Pier Murray- Methot, Quebec City, Montichiari Volley Femminile (Italy)
Kyla Richey, Robert's Creek, BC, SC Potsdam (Germany)
Marisa Field, Kelowna BC, Istres Ouest Provence (France)
Jaimie Thibeault, Sylvan Lake AB, E.S. Cannet Rocheville (France)
Lucy Charuk, Tsawwassen, BC, ZOK Split 1700 (Croatia)
Dani Smith, Beaverlodge, AB, Vancouver Island Univeristy
Jennifer Lundquist, Surrey, BC, Montana State Univeristy
Janie Guimond, Becancour, QC, Kopenicker Sport Club (Germany)