The Canadian women's volleyball team won't have much time to dwell on Sunday night's loss to Puerto Rico in the opening game of their Olympic qualifier.
The women, led by Kitchener's Sarah Pavan, lost 25-18, 25-14, 25-21 in the match-up. Pavan was Canada’s leading scorer with 11 points, while Tammy Mahon of Holland, Man., had nine.
The Canadians started poorly, falling behind 8-3 at the first time out break in the opening set. In the second and third sets, the women built early leads but were eventually caught by the relentless Puerto Rican squad.
In the other match in their group, the Dominican Republic trounced Honduras 25-5, 25-5, 25-7. The Cubans hammered Trinidad and Tobago 25-15, 25-7, 25-12 in Group B action.
The top three in each group after the round robin advance to the playoff round. Canada faces the Dominican Republic on Monday.
Canada must win the tournament to send a squad to the Olympics.