Canada sweeps Cuba to go 2-0

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 14, 2021 – Canada stormed past Cuba to claim a 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-10) victory in the second day at the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup on Tuesday.

It was the second victory in as many days for the Canadian side while Cuba fell down to 0-2 in the preliminary phase of the six-team round-robin.

Canada recorded a tournament-high 14 aces, with Natasha Calkins and captain Brie King landing 4 and 3, respectively. King was taken out with a left leg injury in the second set.

Hillary Howe led Canada with 16 points, including 3 blocks and 2 aces, while Calkins and Avery Heppell each contributing 9 points in the victory.

Shannon Winzer, coach of Canada: “Today we were more aggressive than yesterday and were a lot better with our serves. I think that better things are ahead for us in the tournament”.

Joel Olazabal, coach of Cuba: “For the first part of the sets we were battling even, point by point, but things were different when they started to score 4 points against 1 by us. This is a very young team for this kind of competition but the girls are trying to do the best they can. Now and then we will catch some good moments.”