Canada beats Puerto Rico for fifth place



CALLAO, Peru, June 21, 2015 - Canada defeated Puerto Rico 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23) in the match for fifth place of the XIV Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup at Miguel Grau Coliseum of Callao on Sunday.


The North Americans held the advantages in blocks (18-12) and also in aces (7-3). Each team committed 21 unforced errors.


Jaimie Thibault led the winners with 19 points, including six blocks and four aces, followed by Tabhita Love with 16. Kyla Richey contributed 13 points in the victory and Lucille Charuk added 12, including five blocks.


Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Enright finished with 20 points as the best scorer of the match. Shirley Ferrer, Yarimar Rosa and Alexandra Oquendo charted 14, 13 and 12, respectively, in the loss.


Brittney Page, captain of Canada: “It is very important to win the last match. Puerto Rico is a solid team and we had to be focused at all times to win this fifth place.”


Yarimar Rosa, captain of Puerto Rico: “We go home a little bit disappointed after today’s result. But we have to take this tournament as part of a learning process and study what we did bad and work in everything we need to improve.”


Arnd Ludwig, coach of Canada: “My team played with a lot of discipline and kept the calm at the key moments of the match thinking about each point. That was the key for us winning today’s match, very important for us.”


Jose Mieles, coach of Puerto Rico: “We didn’t have the tournament we expected. The only goal we achieved was the qualification to the Grand Prix. Today we couldn’t do anything for the first two sets. Then in the third set we got our real rhythm but Canada was the more determined team.”