Canada wins in front of enthusiastic home crowd at women’s
CHATEAUGUAY, Quebec, June 1, 2019 - Canada impressed its home
fans today with a 3-0 win over Mexico at the Sportplex in
Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada, in the Women’s Challenge Cup VNL
pre-qualifier tournament. The scores were decisive at 25-14,
Canadian Alex Gray stood out as top scorer with 13 points;
followed by teammate Autumn Bailey with 11. Mexico’s opposite
Maria Fernanda Rodriguez earned 10 points for her side.
It was the first match for Canada’s new head coach, Tom Black.
He said after the win: “It was a good way to begin the
tournament, I saw a lot of what we were doing in training, and
overall it’s a good start – I think it will be a lot better
tomorrow though. We know it’s going to be a nice battle. We
have a good plan in place and we have got to just keep upgrading
the plays that we know we are capable of making. I saw lots of
good and we just need lots more of it tomorrow.”
Canada plays Puerto Rico tomorrow, a team that also beat Mexico
in the tournament opener.
Canada’s team captain Megan Cyr: “I just think there was so much
build-up and excitement for this match – we’ve been working
really, really hard in the gym adjusting to a new system, new
staff and team. We were pumped to get to see it on the court
and compete against another team instead of just ourselves.
What an opportunity to play your first tournament of the year in
Quebec, in Canada, we’ve never played here, so that was super
cool and the fans were fantastic! Tomorrow (against Puerto
Rico) is another opportunity to learn, to grow and to showcase
what we’ve been working hard at every day.”
Mexico’s team captain
Sashiko Sanay of Mexico said: “I
think we improved from yesterday; we tried to apply as a team
what the coach said. We didn’t finish with a good score – we
wanted to do more here, but in the end we couldn’t do it. I
think for most of us, we were not properly prepared for this
tournament as much as Canada is. Most of us are not playing in
as high a level at the Canadian players. We hope to improve
more for the next tournament we have ahead of us, which is the
Pan American Cup in Peru and the Olympic qualifier.”
Tomorrow Canada plays Puerto Rico at 2 pm Eastern time, which
will be featured on NORCECA TV.