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Canada wins second medal ever at Pan Am Cup

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 14, 2018 – Canada claimed their second medal ever in the history of the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup after defeating Brazil 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-21) in the match for the bronze medal on Saturday.

The Canadian squad had won also the bronze in the inaugural event back in 2002 when the competition took place in Saltillo, Mexico.

Kiera Van Ryk and Alexa Gray spearheaded Canada with 18 and 12 points, respectively, while Autumn Bailey contributed 9 points in the victory.

Bruna Honorio Marques was the only Brazilian player who reached double digits in the scoring charts.

Canada outserved Brazil 10-2 with Van Ryk and Bailey each landing three aces. The North Americans overwhelmed the South Americans 40-25 in attacks.

Megan Cyr, captain of Canada: I am excited after this huge victory achieved with confidence and energy. It was a team effort and I think we can beat anyone in the world. This victory is a confidence builder.

Marcello Abbondanza, coach of Canada: Great result for Canada. I’ve been with the team since last year and winning a bronze medal here is great. This victory go beyond our expectations and is a first step towards bigger things because this is a very young team.