Canada wins last Grand Prix match

BUENOS AIRES – Kyla Richey of Robert’s Creeek, B.C., scored 14 points to lead Canada to a 25-21, 25-20, 25-22 victory over Peru on Sunday in its final match in the women’s volleyball Grand Prix tournament.

The Canadians, competing in the intercontinental tournament for only the second time end their season with two wins and seven losses.  Those were Canada’s first two Grand Prix victories in its history.  They were winless in 2003.

“This was a very important match for us to win,’’ said Canadian team captain Brittney Page of Vernon, B.C.  ‘’We knew Peru is a fighting team and battle for every ball, so we had to keep working hard in the game.”

Shanice Marcelle of Victoria added 13 points and Rebecca Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., 10.

 “It was very important for us to fight back after the two previous games, so I’m proud for the way my team played,’’ said Canada’s head coach Arnd Ludwig.  ‘’The key to our success was our block. Our middle blockers did very well reading the setter, they touched many balls in blocking and that was vital.”

The 28-country Grand Prix tournament now moves into its second stage.  The Canadian women return home to continue their preparations for the world championships September 23 to October 12 in Italy.

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