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Canada accomplishes qualification goal at Women’s Continental Championship

 

Langley, British Columbia, CANADA. September 29, 2017:  Canada remains undefeated with a 3-0 win today over Nicaragua (25-13, 25-10, 25-8) at the NORCECA Senior Women’s Continental Championship and World Championship Qualification Tournament (Group B).

 

The win puts Canada in the top two teams, with Cuba, to advance to the 2018 World Championships, which will be held in Japan.  The teams face off on Saturday for number one spot in this group.

Today, Canada’s Marie-Alex Bélanger was top scorer with 17, including five aces, followed by teammate Alexa Gray with 16 points.  Amalia Hernandez was Nicaragua’s top scorer with six points.

 

Nicaragua will play St. Lucia tomorrow for third and fourth places in this tournament.


Marcello Abbondanza, head coach of Canada: “Tonight was very important because we took the qualification and we played good volleyball. Now the big challenge is tomorrow against Cuba – we are already both qualified, but I think tomorrow is important for us to show how we have progressed and to demonstrate some good volleyball to the Canadian fans.”

 

Kyla Richey, player, Canada : “I think we’ve been working towards Cuba for the last month and a half. We knew that these were two games (against St. Lucia and Nicaragua) we had to win before we got to Cuba.  We just need to stay aggressive and take the energy of the home crowd in the match tomorrow. It’s so awesome to be playing in front of a home crowd and we want to show our fans some competitive volleyball.”


Rene Quintana, head coach of Nicaragua: “I feel good about the game. Obviously, Canada is a real strong team, but we did the best we could so that we could give a good match, or good rallies at least…. First of all, in Central America there is no team that plays at the level Canada or Cuba play at. We take away the experience of what it is like to be on the court with high level teams.” 

 

Claudia Noguera – Nicaragua Captain: “Even though we lost today, I feel our team gave their best and we had a good match against a high level team. For Nicaragua it’s important to play with high level teams because we’re preparing for the Central American Games in December. Tomorrow we expect to play a better game and win the match.”