LA PAZ, Baja California Sur, June 8, 2022.- United States defeated Canada 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-22) at the Women’s U21 Pan Am Cup and will face Argentina for the top spot of pool C at La Paz Arena in Baja California Sur.
The U.S. and Argentina remain unbeaten and will battle to win pool C, the two top ranked pool winners will advance into semifinals while the third pool winner will play quarter finals alongside second places in each pool.
Canada (0-2) will face Costa Rica (0-2) in their last pool-play match.
The United States dominated Canada scoring on 29 opponent errors while limiting their own to 10 and prevailing in serves by a slim 6-5 margin; Canada led 34-31 in attacks and both teams scored 9 points on blocks.
Opposite player Merritt Beason topped the U.S. with 11 points on 7 kills, two blocks and two aces, outside hitter Norah Sis followed with 10 points on 8 kills and 2 blocks, and outside hitter Chloe Chicoine added 8 points.
Canadian outside hitter Madyson Saris scored a match-high of 15 points on 11 kills, 3 blocks and one ace. Also contributing to Canada’s scoring offense was outside hitter and captain Emoni Bush collecting 12 points all on kills and outside hitter Sullie Sundara chipped in with 10 points on 7 kills, 2 blocks and one ace.
Merritt Beason, Top Scorer of United States: “In all sense we were starting a little bit slow because it was tougher and we were not playing our real game, today was more challenging getting into the groove of things. For tomorrow we are going to focus on our side of the net and try to stay in control and prepare well. Volleyball is such a chemistry sport and our best skill as we all love and support each other”.
Madyson Saris, Top Scorer of Canada: “The team had a good grip, we played hard and I’m proud about the fight we did on the floor, especially against a team like the USA. We battle hard in long rallies and tomorrow we will give it our all”.
Daniel Fisher, Head Coach of United States: “We started off every set too slow. Canada changed number 4 (Bush) from position to opposite and it was good for them. I want to face Argentina tomorrow, we will study them, they have very strong attackers, and it will be a tough match. I am confident in my team that they will do well”.
Carolyn O’Dwyer, Head Coach of Canada: “A big difference today was our serve-pass game, we were able to get our opponent out of system with our serves. Overall, it was more representative of the team that we are”.