SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 13,
2021 – Canada dominated Puerto Rico in straight
sets (25-17, 25-16, 25-18) to open the 19th
Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup at Ricardo
Arias Pavilion in Santo Domingo.
While both teams served 5 aces, the Canadians
held a huge advantage in blocking 13-3 and also
in attacks 34-21.
Nyadholi Thokbuom had 15 points as the leading
scorer for Canada, including five blocks.
Hillary Howe added 10 points, nine attacks and
one ace, while Brie King chipped in with 5
points, four of them via blocks.
Gabriela Alicea was the top scorer for the
Puerto Rican side with 9 points.
Shannon Winzer, coach of Canada: “It is the
first time we play together. I think both Puerto
Rico and us have very young teams. Being the
first match, we did a good job.”
Carlos Rodriguez, coach of Puerto Rico: “I am
not happy but not worried either because these
girls are just breaking ground internationally.
I think they did pretty well considering we only
had three weeks of preparation. The tournament
is just beginning and Puerto Rico obviously will
have better outings.
Brie King, captain of Canada: “It was a good
game for us. Some of our players are
experiencing their first international
competition. We gave them the confidence and
they followed the instructions to win the
Paola Rojas, captain of Puerto Rico: “It was a
very tough match. Many of the girls are new to
the international. We need to improve the serves
and the receptions.”