Canada aced its way to semifinals
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 10, 2018 – Canada relied
on powerful serves to defeat host Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-23
25-14, 25-20) in the decisive match of Pool A of the Women’s
Volleyball Pan American Cup on Tuesday.
Both teams arrived into the match with undefeated 2-0 marks and
10 points with the Canadian side coming out with the best record
among pool winners with the maximum 15 points.
Alexa Gray led Canada with 18 points and Kiera Van Ryk added 14,
including 6 aces, in the victory. Autumn Bailey charted 7 and
Jennifer Cross and Emily Maglio each had 6 points for the
Brayelin Martinez had 12 points as the best Dominican scorer and
Gina Mambru added 8 in the losing cause.
Canada outserved Dominican Republic 11-5 and also held the
advantage in the blocking department 6-4.
Megan Cyr, Captain of Canada: We were prepared to play a
superior team. Our serves and blocking gave us the win. It was a
Bethania de la Cruz, Captain of Dominican Republic:
Congratulations to Canada. They played great and deserved the
win. Our team made many errors.
Marcello Abbondanza, Coach of Canada: It was one of the best
games we have played. It was one spectacular victory, with a
Marcos Kwiek, Coach of Dominican Republic: A good summary of the
match is that we played very bad and Canada played very well. We
didn’t execute with our serves and lacked aggressiveness.