Canada blanks Puerto Rico to open Pan Am Cup 

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 match.” 


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.”