PRESS RELEASE 21.12.2003


Canada wins the bronze medal

Canada won the bronze medal of the NORCECA Women’s Olympic Qualifier defeating Puerto Rico in consecutive sets 25-15, 25-20, 25-15 on Sunday.

"We hung together and our blocking was pretty good and our vaccum cleaner did the rest of the job,” said coach Lorne Sawula in reference to libero Annie Levesque. "I am very proud of my team and the way we bounced back after the loss against Dominican Republic."

"It was a good way to end the tournament," said Anne Marie Lemieux, the Canadian captain. "Our team played very well tonight and our blocking was solid."

Levesque said: "We are a very young team and we will be together for the next four years when another chance to make the Olympics will come."

David Aleman, the Puerto Rican coach, was very dissapointed with the overall performance of his side and said:“The team lacked desire and did not have motivation."

The same opinion was offered by Xiomara Molero, the captain of Puerto Rico.

"The team did not play up to its capacity but it is only the end of a cycle and the start of another one. I only have to congratulate the Canadians for the bronze medal," Molero said.

Sarah Pavan led the Canadians with 12 points and Stephanie Wheeler added 11.