United States improve 1-1 defeating Canada in five sets

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, August 27, 2021. - United States defeated Canada 3-2 (25-17, 15-25, 19-25, 25-15, 15-8) improving their record 1-1 in pool A at the Women’s NORCECA Continental Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico.

United States and Canada fell into some inconsistencies in a roller coaster match that keeps both teams moving forward but will have to wait until tomorrow’s last pool A match (Canada vs. Puerto Rico) to learn their final positions.

In the end, USA’s commanding 12-7 lead in blocks controlled Canada’s attackers; both teams scored 46 points on kills and Canada held a 9-7 advantage in serves. The U.S. committed fewer errors (28-34) than Canada.

Outside hitter Kara Bejema scored 14 points, on 11 kills, 2 blocks and one ace as United States leading scorer, alongside opposite hitter Danielle Cuttino and outside hitter Lindsay Stalzer with 12 points each.

Kiera Van Ryk of Canada scored a match-high of 21 points on 16 kills, 2 blocks and 3 aces; her teammate Vicky Savard scored 12 points.

United States finishes the preliminary round with a 1-1 record while Canada (1-0) will play Puerto Rico (1-0) on Saturday.

Danielle Cuttino, Captain of United States: “We showed a fight, eventually we’ll clamp sooner instead of five sets. We have girls that are ready to come in, our bench is pretty deep and they brought a lot of energy and made a huge difference, everybody knows their role”.

Joseph Trinsey, Coach of United States: “Assistant coach Michelle Chatman had the blockers very well prepared, a great scout report came out and blocked very well in the first set, Canada adjusted and it took too long for us to adjust back. Both teams were a little inconsistent tonight and for us going into the playoffs we need to find more consistency and to build in making adjustments quicker”.

Jannifer Cross, Captain of Canada: “This line-up is different, with new girls on the team and also it was our first match, so we had some uncharacteristic mistakes that wouldn’t actually happen. I think our great moments were really good, but we haven’t found our consistency. I expect a really good defensive team tomorrow from Puerto Rico, they never let a point go away with a body flying on the floor and it will be a fun game, anything’s open”.

Sahannon Winzer, Coach of Canada: “We made a lot of unforced errors and it was really hard to find rhythm. When it was good it was really good and when it was bad it was pretty chaotic. I’m not really sure why any team has that roller coaster; we have a slightly new line-up that you saw in VNL, it’s the first time we’re playing a true opposition. This pool is so close that we know a good showing against Puerto Rico could make us finish on top of our pool”.