Pavan sisters carry Canada to victory
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico, July 18, 2012 - Sarah and Rebeca Pavan
scored 18 and 11 points respectively to lead Canada to a
five-set (25-22, 18-25, 25-16, 13-25, 15-13) over Costa Rica in
the Classification Round of the XI Women’s Volleyball Pan Am
Verania Willis and Karen Cope finished with 16 apiece for Costa
Rica, while Angela Willis and Mijal Hines scored 10 points each.
Willis converted 4 blocks and Hines 3 blocks and 3 aces.
“Costa Rica played a full game and with an impressive defense
and both teams had their momentum,” Canada’s captain Brittney
Page said. “We felt a sense of urgency and some desperation,
because we felt scared to lose in the fourth set, but
capitalized point by point in the end.”
“We fought hard enough in this match and you could see it on the
court,” Verania Willis said. “We haven’t played like this before
against Canada. We had some errors when closing, but I am glad
with the way we played.”
For Canada’s coach Arnd Ludwig the result was good but not the
way the team played. “The result was a good thing but I am not
happy the way we played. We committed 40 unforced errors,” he
“Our teams has increased the level and improved a lot since the
Olympic Qualifier rounds,” Coach Xavier Perales said about Costa
Rica. “We feel sad for losing but the balance has been excellent
in this tournament”.