Canada wins first ever match at Grand Prix

LEUVEN, Belgium (August 2, 2014) – Rebecca Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., scored 19 points including the winner as Canada made a spectacular comeback to defeat Argentina in five sets for its first victory ever in the FIVB Grand Prix women’s volleyball tournament.

The Canadians overcame a 0-2 deficit in sets for the 23-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22, 15-13 victory to improve its record one win and four losses in this year’s most important international tournament and is 1-1 in week two play. 

Canada went winless in its only other participation in the tournament in 2003.

“In the first two sets we missed the control over some easy balls, but we didn’t give up and it was a better Canada in the next sets,’’ said Canada’s head coach Arnd Ludwig.  ‘’This is an historical victory for us.’’

Kyla Richey (Robert’s Creek, B.C.) added 18 points for the victors, Brittney Page (Vernon, B.C.) 17 and Shanice Marcelle (Victoria) 11.  The turning point of the match was Canada’s ability to overcome a 23-20 deficit in the third set to prevent an Argentinean sweep.  A key player in that set was Lucy Charuk (Tsawwassen, B.C.).

 “I was ready to come in (in the third set) and we are a group of players who can fight for each point,’’ she said. ‘’Even if the situation looked dark, we took confidence after winning the third set and we put the pressure on Argentina.”

Canada faces the Netherlands on Sunday.