Canada can’t repeat success against Argentina at Grand Prix

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – It was a week ago that Canada earned an historic victory over Argentina in the women’s volleyball Grand Prix tournament but they couldn’t repeat that success on Saturday falling in four sets to the South Americans.

Argentina collected its third victory in the intercontinental tournament prevailing 25-22, 23-25, 25-21, 25-16.  The Canadians fall to one win and seven losses.  They beat Argentina in Belgium last week for their first-ever Grand Prix win.

“For us it wasn’t a good game the whole way through,’’ said Canadian team captain Brittney Page of Vernon, B.C. ‘’There were little features we had but we couldn’t maintain them. Argentina played a good game; they put us in a lot of trouble and that’s why we fell short today.”

Kyla Richey of Robert’s Creek, B.C., was the top Canadian scorer with 16 points.  Shanice Marcelle of Victoria added 13 and Lucille Charuk of Tsawwassen, B.C., 12.

‘’I could say almost the same words than yesterday,’’ said Canada’s head coach Arnd Ludwig.  ‘’We didn’t do well enough on passing and serving to beat Argentina today. We started well on the first two sets and they had a good answer on that, with two good substitutions on the receivers, but after that we lost our rhythm and in the final sets I think we weren’t on the court.”

Canada faces Peru on Sunday evening.

More information: http://www.fivb.org/EN/volleyball/competitions/WorldGrandPrix/2014/Livescore.asp