Winnipeg, CANADA, August 7, 2004 - After their flawless win over Cuba two nights ago, Canada's Junior Women's National team had their work cut out for them. Up against a very skilled team from the Dominican Republic Canada could not pull out the win going down in straight sets 25-20, 25-20, 25-12.
The Canadian women came out of the gates with guns-a-blazing early in the first set, but it did not take the Dominican Republic long to smother the Canadians and go on to take the first set 25-20.
The Dominican Republic owned set two, and although Canada made a late charge they could not catch the Dominicans and dropped the set 25-20.
By mid way through the third set it was clear that it was not going to be Canada's day as they were easily defeated by the Dominican Republic 25-12.
Canada will now have to regroup as they will take on a very talented team from Puerto Rico tomorrow night in the bronze medal match.
The Canadian's were once again led by 6'5" Sarah Pavan (Ontario) with 11 points, and Melissa Bartlett (Ontario) with 8 points.
In men's action today Team Canada knew going into their match today that they would be able to do no better than a trip to the bronze medal match, but they could be the spoiler for the American team if they were to beat them.
Unfortunately, it was not going to be their day. The American men were not about to let Canada spoil there chance at gold and they defeated the Canadians in 3 sets 25-21, 25-17, 25-19.
Players of the match for Canada were Quebec's Louise-Pierre Mainville & Douglas van Spronsen each with 10 points and Jonathan Marcoux adding 9 points.
The NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Federation) Championships are the qualifier for the 2005 Junior World Championships. The Canadian teams are joined by 7 other nations (Cuba, USA, Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico and Puerto Rico).