Cuba blanks Trinidad and Tobago
TIJUANA, Mexico, April 29, 2012 – Three-time Olympic champions
and world No. 10 Cuba blanked Trinidad and Tobago (25-15, 25-7,
25-12) in the opening match of Pool B of the NORCECA Women’s
Olympic Qualifier Tournament on Sunday.
Cuba dominated their opponents at the net with 9 blocks against
only two by Trinidad and Tobago and also won the battle from the
service line with a 10-2 margin in the aces category.
Yoana Palacios topped Cuba with 15 points and Yanelis Santos
added 11 including three aces and three blocks. Wilma Salas
contributed nine points to the victory.
Cuba’s Captain Yusidey Silie commented: “We are almost at one
hundred percent. This was our first match at this tournament.
Trinidad and Tobago has improved a lot. We were a little
confused at the first set, but increased our level and played
better in the end.”
“We had a tough match and everything we do is taken step by
step,” Trinidadian Krystle Esdelle said. “This team is in an
Cuba’s Coach Juan Carlos Gala said: “The first match is always
difficult. We saw a very young team from Trinidad and Tobago,
very different as we thought. We were under pressure in the
first set but the team knew how to move forward.”
“We felt satisfied since we faced a very tough team like Cuba,”
Trinidad and Tobago’s Coach Francisco Cruz expressed. “More than
mistakes from us, I think Cuba had a lot of success in plays
like the service that stabilized them.”