Canada makes into the Final Four phase
TIJUANA, Mexico, May 2, 2012 – Canada downed Mexico in straight
sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-18) to reach the semifinal phase of the
NORCECA Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament where they will
meet world No. 9 Dominican Republic next Friday.
It was a well fought match but the taller Canadians capitalized
on their size to out-block their opponents 8-3. Both teams
served two aces and made the same total of errors with 18.
The Mexicans battled point by point with good defense but
couldn’t find ways to stop Canada’s prolific point-producer
The lefty Pavan led all the scorers in the match with 21 points,
all via attacks, while Marisa Field and Tammy Mahon added 8 and
7 respectively. Claudia Rios was the best of Mexico with 12
“I am happy with the win today. We were very nervous on playing
this quarterfinal, but we are ready to take the next step into
the semi finals,” Mahon said.
“We could not make the adjustments and we made mistakes,”
Mexico’s Karla Sainz said. “Canada went out to the court and
played well, and capitalized on our mistakes.”
“My team played well disciplined today,” Canada’s Coach Arnd
Ludwig said. “We were concerned about this match because in the
NORCECA tournament we had lost to Mexico. We thought it was
going to be tough. Now we have to rest and prepare against
Estanislao Vachino, Coach of Mexico: “It was simple. We had to
be tactically accurate with our service level, but we could not
find it during the competition. When you are short in height it
is complicated. Two weeks ago we had a good level of service,
but in this tournament we could not find it.
Canada deserved this win.”