Canada wins NORCECA Bronze past Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, October 13, 2019.-
Canada won the NORCECA Women's Continental Championship
bronze medal past Puerto Rico 3-0 (26-24, 25-13, 25-20) on
Sunday at Roberto Clemente Coliseum of San Juan, Puerto
This is Canada's ninth bronze medal in the history of the
event, of an overall 11 medals (two silvers). The last time
Canada reached the NORCECA podium was in 1999 winning
In the preliminary round, Canada had lost to Puerto Rico 3-0
(25-23, 25-22, 25-18) and in the 2015 edition they lost the
bronze to Puerto Rico 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17).
The first set was a nail bitter while Canada missed five-set
points 24-19 with Puerto Rico's strength in serves and
powerful kills managed to even 24. Canada's big blocking
offense took charge in the second set, leaving Puerto Rico
with little options to recover while Canada moved forward
from 16-12 up to 23-12.
Canada led with huge 42-25 margin in attacks, 8-6 in blocks
and 8-4 in aces. Puerto Rico committed fewer errors (18-22).
Alexa Grey was Canada's best scorer with a match-high of 21
points on 17 kills and 4 blocks; Kiera Van Ryk joined in
with 13 points including 4 aces and Emily Maglio tallied 12
points. Puerto Rico's top scorer was Paulina Prieto with 10
Alexa Grey, leading scorer of Canada: "We always want to
peek once we get to play-offs and I think we did a great job
following our game-plan. Our serving pressure the first time
we faced Puerto Rico wasn't as good and today it dialed in
hitting our spots and put them in trouble. I am proud of how
we recovered in the third set. We have a lot of heart and in
January we will give it our all".
Benjamin Josephson, Head Coach of Canada: "The difference
from our first match against Puerto Rico is three things: my
staff really worked hard to make sure we learned from what
we didn't do, they got it to the athletes and the players
digested to execute it well".