Cuba sweeps Canada at volleyball Grand Prix

BUENOS AIRES (August 8, 2014) – Cuba earned its first victory this season in the FIVB Grand Prix women’s volleyball tournament on Friday night defeating Canada 27-25, 25-18, 25-22.  The Canadians fall to 1-6.

Kyla Richey of Robert’s Creek, B.C., and Lucille Charuk of Tsawwassen, B.C., led Canada with 10 points apiece.

“Cuba made a good game today,’’ said Canadian team captain Brittney Page of Vernon, B.C. ‘’They served very well and it made things very hard for us. We couldn’t play our game. For tomorrow’s game against Argentina I expect a full house and I hope we can play better than today.”

Canada’s head coach Arnd Ludwig said his troops struggled.

“When you pass like we did today, and you served like we did today, it’s very hard to get a win,’’ he said.  ‘’On the other hand, Cuba served and passed well, they were very strong in the first ball and also their blocks were strong.”

Canada, which returned to Grand Prix action after an 11-year absence, plays Argentina Saturday night and Peru on Sunday evening.