HERMOSILLO, Mexico, August 22, 2022.- Colombia started the Women’s Pan American Cup beating Canada 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 28-26) in pool B of the Women’s Pan American Cup in the Sonora Arena of Hermosillo.
Colombia recovered from a 4 point deficit in the third set (15-19) missing three match points and Canada one set point for the thrilling end.
Colombia grabbed their first tournament win with an 11-8 advantage in blocks, a 5-4 margin in aces, and limiting their errors to only six points, while Canada committed 22. Both teams scored 40 points on kills.
Colombian outside hitter Amanda Coneo scored a match-high of 18 points on 16 kills, one block and one ace, followed by opposite hitter Dayana Segovia with 13 points on 11 kills, one block and ace.
Outside hitter Melissa Langegger led Canada with 13 points on 11 kills, one block and one ace, joined by middle blocker Layne Van Buskirk who collected 11 points from 7 kills and 4 blocks.
On Tuesday Colombia (1-0) takes on Mexico and Canada (0-2) will rest.
Amanda Coneo, outside hitter of Colombia: “We had a great game, I am very glad for the team that’s getting back to competition in a good way, the idea is continuing to do so. Canada made some line-up changes in the third set, putting things difficult for us and making us come from behind, it was a good spectacle closing like we did. Our long rally defense was gratifying because when you score you show the work”.
Layne Van Buskirk, middle blocker of Canada: “We need to be more aggressive; we did a lot of fighting. The little things just slipt a bit, like pressing on the block and being patient on defense. We are getting better with every game; you can expect us to up our game in our next performance”.