Colombia downs Canada in important pool A victory
LIMA, Peru, August 9, 2019.- Colombia downed Canada 3-1 (25-18,
25-19, 19-25, 25-20) in important pool A victory at the Lima
2019 Pan American Games at the Multisport Complex El Callao on
Colombia is making history as they are a few steps away of
qualifying to the semifinals waiting for the result between host
Peru and undefeated Dominican Republic. Canada will play the
final classification match for seventh place against United
Colombia’s blocking advantage 14-9 worked well in stopping
Canada’s 2-0 set recovery with great attacking and defense
skills. Colombia led in attacks 53-51 and scored 27 points on
Canadian errors against 17. Canada held 5-0 margin in aces.
Colombian Amanda Caneo continues her spectacular pounding
attack, leading all scorers with 26 points on 22 kills and 4
blocks. Also from Colombia, Margarita Martinez contributed with
13 points on 11 kills and 2 blocks. Brianna Beamish topped
Canada with 18 points, joined by Sara Kovac and Jasmine White
with 15 and 10 points respectively.
Antonio Rizola, Head coach of Colombia: “It wasn’t normal for
such a young team like ours to win 3-0 because they were too
worried in winning, pressured to advance into the semifinals.
This is a historic feat for Colombia being part of the top four
teams in Pan-American Games”.
Margarita Martinez, outside hitter of Colombia: “We were aware
of the difficulties of this match, we went out with everything
we have and come out with a victory. We are very glad with the
result and assuring our way into semifinals”.
Sara Kovac, opposite player of Canada: “Our team fought strong,
especially those last two sets, we were relentless, we didn’t
let any balls hit the ground and I loved that we didn’t rest, we
were super aggressive. It was a really good experience playing
in front of this crowd”.
Shannon Winzer, Head coach of Canada: “In the first two sets we
were too relaxed, we didn’t have enough intensity. The last two
we played really well, following the game plan and our middles
worked really hard to create schemes for our smaller outsides
and matched up pretty well”.