Mexico edges Canada, qualifies in third place

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 17, 2021 – Mexico edged Canada in five sets 3-2 (26-24, 22-25, 25-22, 17-25, 15-12) to claim third place at the end of the preliminary round at the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup.

The terrific duel ended when Canadian Hilary Howe, the top scorer of the match with 27 points, crashed her serve at the top of the net.

Maria Rodriguez led Mexico with 23 points, including five blocks, followed by Grecia Castro and Ana Patricia Valle with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Howe, the leading scorer of the competition, landed a tournament-high 7 aces. Melissa Langegger (15), Natasha Calkins (12) and Nyadholi Thokbuom (10) also finished in double figures for the defeated side.

Rafael Petry, coach of Mexico: “Our serve was very good and the team played very well together. Now we are going to focus on the semifinals because Mexico came for a medal and we are going to look for it.”

Shannon Winzer, coach of Canada: “Well, when a team fails more than 28 serves it is very difficult for it to win. The girls gave everything they could on the court but the victory could not be achieved.”