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Canada stuns Peru with spectacular comeback win


LIMA, Peru, June 2017 – Canada pulled a spectacular comeback victory from a 0-2 deficit to upset hosts Peru 3-2 (21-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-17, 18-16) in Pool B of the XVI Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup by Movistar at Eduardo Dibos Coliseum on Tuesday night.


Shainah Joseph fired 25 points to lead the Canadian victory while the trio of Kyla Richey, Jennifer Cross and Lucille Charuk contributed 14 points each in the victory. Peru’s Carla Rueda and Angela Leyva finished with 25 and 20 points, respectively, in the losing effort.


The victory kept alive Canada’s options of advancing to the quarterfinals as the North American side is tied with Cuba both with 2-2 win-lost records and 9 points.


In Friday’s actions, Cuba meets Trinidad & Tobago while Canada plays Chile. In case both teams win their contests via 3-0, then the deciding factor would be the points-ratio. Cuba enters Wednesday at 1.021 to Canada’s 0.944.


“I am so thrilled after this emotional victory and the ups and downs of the last two days,” said Charuk, the Captain of Canada. “We fed up with the energy from the fans and is a big win in five sets.”


“This kind of match was a real test for us,” said Marcello Abbondanza, the Coach of Canada. “For sure I am very happy with the outcome. These are the kind of matches that helps our growth as a team.”


“We played two very good sets and also played well in the third set,” said Luizomar de Moura, Coach of Peru. “They wanted the victory badly and were a little anxious.”