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Formosa, Argentina, July 10, 2015 — Canada prevailed in the fourth set scuffle to gain a 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 31-29) win over hosts Argentina in Pool L of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2015 at the Cincuentenario Stadium on Friday. Tabitha Love topped all scorers with 22 points to lead the Canadian offence. Paula Nizetich and Lucia Fresco scored 17 points each for Argentina.

Canada led 8-6 in the first set but Argentina scored two-straight points to tie the score at 8-all until the Argentine side grabbed the lead 10-9 from a block by Lucia Fresco. Canada reacted quickly to tie the score at 12-all. Argentina, however, showed better defence at the net that turned the tables at 22-21 when Emilce Sosa blocked Love. Another block by Nizetich on Kyla Richey gave Argentina the set ball, until Sosa followed it up with a kill to secure the set 25-22.

Argentina worked its service game well and jumped to a 7-3 lead in the second set then later on a deadly serve from Canada levelled the score at 14-all. Argentina held a 23-20 lead but the Canadians surprisingly rampaged to a 25-23 victory in the second set. Canada’s chances brightened up as Lucille Charuk’s performance in crucial plays lifted her team to a 9-5 advantage over the home team in the third set. Canada capitalised on Argentina’s errors to build a commanding 18-9 lead. Canada were rewarded with the 25-14 set victory from an Argentine service error.

Canada led 11-7 in the fourth set but got a threat as Argentina cut down their lead 12-10. After a long struggle late in the set, Canada still prevailed 31-29.

Press Conference:

Canada ended Argentina’s winning streak at home with a 3-1 win in Pool L of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix on Friday.

Canada coach Arnd Ludwig: “We had a good start but we lost control in the first set, then there was a big change in the second set when we were 2-8 down and came back winning the set. I think we controlled Argentina and made a really good match.”

Canada captain Brittany Page: “It was good for us to win in four sets. We had strong serve and we stayed constant throughout the game, which took away some of their top players. They are a strong team and we knew we had to stay focused all the time in order to win.”

Argentina coach Guillermo Orduna: “Even if we won this, I wouldn’t have been happy because we didn’t play in our level. I will not make any excuses but Canada played an excellent game on the serve. We need to recover fast and start thinking of tomorrow’s game against Netherlands.”

Argentina captain Yamila Nizetich: “We could not maintain the level that we have shown in other matches. We had a lot of mistakes and our plays were inconsistent – with good and bad moments. Now, we need to focus on the Netherlands.”


• Canada have won four of their five meetings with Argentina in major competitions. Three of these four wins came in straight sets.

• Argentina's win came in their last World Grand Prix tie, 3-1 in August 2014, a week after they had suffered a 3-2 defeat against Canada.


• Argentina have lost their last two matches, after having won their previous four.

• They scored only 3 points against Netherlands last week, their lowest tally in their World Grand Prix history.

• Argentina won one of their first six matches last year, before winning their last three at home.

• Leticia Boscacci has scored 42 points for Argentina, 40 of which from spikes.


• Canada have won two of their three World Grand Prix wins in five sets, including the 3-2 against Bulgaria last week.

• They can claim two wins in a single World Grand Prix season for the second time after winning two in 2014.

• Tabitha Love is Canada's top scorer on 57 points: 13 in the first, 24 in the second and 20 in the third match.

• Shanice Marcelle has won eight points from blocks, including six in the 3-2 win against Bulgaria.

• Marisa Field will celebrate her 28th birthday on the day of the match.

This Saturday DeporTV will broadcast both matches, at 19.00 Canada v Poland and at 22.00 Argentina v the Netherlands.


Friday - 10/7
19.10 – Poland v The Netherlands 0-3
22.00 – Argentina v Canada 1-3

Saturday - 11/7
19.10 – Canada v Poland
22.00 – Argentina v the Netherlands

Sunday - 12/7
19.10 – The Netherlands v Canada
22.00 – Argentina v Poland