Canada wins NORCECA Women opener to Cuba
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, October 8, 2019.- Canada won the
NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship to Cuba 3-1 (25-16,
22-25, 25-17, 25-14) on Tuesday at Roberto Clemente
Canada started strength jumping to a comfortable advantage
(11-6) with good rhythm and strong serves. Cuba responded
well in the second recovering from a five point deficit
(0-5) reducing their margin in errors and having a better
chance to block Canada. Canada players got back on track to
get their first win.
Canada led in kills 44-35 and held a sizeable margin in
blocks (10-6) as well as in serves (10-5). The winners
scored on 33 opponent errors against 26.
Ouside hitter Alexa Gray scored 21 points in Canada’s first
victory, followed by outside hitter Kiera Van Ryk whose best
skill was serves on 6 aces from her 20 point-total. Middle
blocker Melanies Arcia and outside hitter Ivy May Vila
topped Cuba with 10 points apiece.
The NORCECA Women’s Championship that qualifies (top three
ranked teams) to the NORCECA final four Olympic Qualifier is
being streamed on NORCECA TV www.internetv.tv
On day two of the event, Canada will face Costa Rica and
Cuba goes against host Puerto Rico.
Kiera Van Ryk, outside hitter of Canada: “We stuck with our
game plan, definitely had some bumps along the road it
wasn’t a full match of being our perfect volleyball. When
I’m serving, I just trust what I’ve practiced for a couple
of years now and trusting my coaches where to direct my
serves. Canada needs more consistency in during the game, we
started really well and dipped in that second set”.
Thalia Moreno, capitana de Cuba: “We benefited from Canada’s
error in the second set and we came on top with serves and
attacks. Despite we are all less than 20 years old, we will
go from less to more in the tournament and we are really
motivated to be here”.
Benjamin Josephson, Head Coach of Canada: “I´m not glad. I’m
sure Cuba made a few more mistakes that they wanted and they
played better in the second set, showing they can really hit
and block the ball, putting a lot of pressure and it took a
little too long to respond. We had enough today to get
through; our play in the fourth set in our block-defense was
really special and we got to build on that to keep moving
forward in this tournament”.
Tomás Fernández Arteaga, Head Coach of Cuba: “Hay que
ponerle mucha intensidad al partido para que podamos
desarrollar el nivel de juego de jugadoras tan pequeñas como
las nuestras. No estoy conforme, no tuvimos lectura para el
pase rápido, no funcionó el saque”.