Brazil Trounces Canada

June 26, 2009, 9:47 p.m. (ET)

MIAMI, Fla. (June 26, 2009) – Olympic gold medalists Brazil scored an easy victory over Canada in straight sets by score of 25-11, 25-12, 25-13 in the second match of Pool B of the Eight Women’s Pan American Cup played at the Florida International University’s U.S. Century Bank Arena.

Mari Steinbrecher topped the winners with 12 points, including three aces and one block, and Welissa Gonzalez contributed 10 points, all by kills. Brittney Page was the best Canadian with nine tallies.

The Brazilians held an advantage of 8-1 in blocks and the gap in aces was 7-1 in favor of the South Americans.

“The Brazilian made very few errors and we failed in many easy plays,” said Arnd Ludwig, the Canadian coach. “They are the Olympic champions, but I think we paid too much respect to them.”

“Our serves were the key today and the blocking allowed to close the defense and also to prepare our counter-attacks,” said Roberto Guimaraes, the Brazilian coach. “Everything went well for us.”