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Canadians close in on Japan 2010

Canadian women celebrate their second victory in the NORCECA Playoff

Tijuana, Mexico, August 29, 2009 – Canada moved one step closer to winning a ticket to the FIVB 2010 Women’s World Championship by defeating Trinidad and Tobago in straight sets by a score of 25-14, 25-20, 25-21.
Meanwhile, Costa Rica defeated Mexico 3-1 (25-21, 25-21, 22-25, 25-18) as both teams now trail Canada with 1-1 records in the NORCECA Women’s Playoff Round.
Tiffany Dodds and Tonya Mokelki led Canada with 15 and 10 points respectively, while Jennifer Hinze contributed 8 points, including four blocks. Krystle Esdelle recorded 14 points for Trinidad & Tobago and Kelly-Anne Billingy added nine.
The Canadians outscored their rivals in blocks, 12-8, and also in the ace serves, 6-3.
Verania Willis was the top scorer for Costa Rica, compiling a match-high 23 points. She was helped by Karen Cope who scored 16 points and Angela Willis who contributed 12.
Claudia Rodriguez led Mexico with 21 points. Cecilia Rios added 16 and Martha Revuelta chipped in 11.
“We have to maintain the focus in tomorrow’s match against Mexico as we came here not only to qualify for Japan but also to win the tournament,” said captain Tammy Mahon, whose team fell short in its attempt to reach the Worlds four years ago after losing to Mexico.
“The game developed as planned and tomorrow we have to go and give 100 percent against Mexico,” said Arnd Ludwig, the coach of Canada.
“We took advantage of the Mexican errors and also maintained a good level of concentration throughout the match,” said Braulio Godines, the coach of Costa Rica.
“Thank God we achieved the goal of defeating Mexico but we still need to battle against Trinidad & Tobago,” said captain Verania Willis.
Mexico now plays Canada on Sunday, while Costa Rica meets Trinidad & Tobago.
The home team is hoping for a victory over the Canadians combined with a win by the Trinidadians, which would see Canada and Mexico tie for first place with both teams earning berths at next year’s world event.
There is also the possibility of a three-way tie if Mexico defeats Canada and Costa Rica beats Trinidad. In that scenario, the two tickets available for Japan would go to the teams with better points-ratio.

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