Canada Prevails Over Mexico

July 02, 2009, 3:33 p.m. (ET)

MIAMI, Fla. (July 2, 2009) – Canada prevailed in a tough five-set battle with Mexico advancing to the 5-8 positions round of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup being held at University of Miami’s BankUnited Center. The match lasted 1 hour and 49 minutes and the score was 23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 20-25, 15-12.

The loss dropped Mexico to a match for the ninth position on Friday against the loser of the Costa Rica vs. Trinidad and Tobago later on Thursday.

Captain Tammy Mahon produced 18 points for Canada, including three blocks, and Tifanny Dodds added 17. Sherline Holness, who also had three blocks, finished with 15 points and Tonya Mokelki added two blocks among her 14 points.

Migdalel Ruiz, the captain of Mexico, paced her team with a match-high 20 points and Martha Revuelta and Olivia Meza scored 18 and 16 respectively.

Canada outscored its opponents 11-5 in the blocking category.

“We had a slow start and Mexico played very well as we struggled in the first set,” Canada Head Coach Arnd Ludwig said. “Our passing improved in the second and third sets and then we were lucky in the tie-breaker.”

“I am satisfied with the reaction of my team today,” Mexico Head Coach Samuel Cibrian said. “Today’s team was different than yesterday against Costa Rica. Canada is a good team with very strong middle blockers.”