Cuba recovers from shaky start against Costa Rica
TIJUANA, Mexico, April 30, 2012 – Cuba overcame a slow start to
defeat Costa Rica in straight-sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-6) for its
second victory in Pool B of the NORCECA Women’s Olympic
Qualification Tournament on Monday.
Cuba had a 13-6 advantage in the aces category and in the
blocking department blanked the opposition 6-0. The match lasted
just 61 minutes.
Veteran Yanelis Santos had 11 aces among her 17 points for Cuba
as she displayed her show of cannon-shot serves in the third
set. Wilma Salas recorded 10 points while the trio of Rosanna
Giel, Yusidey Silie and Gyselle Silva contributed 7 apiece.
“They caught us off balance in the first set but we were able to
adjust and counterattack,” Cuba’s Silie said. “We are very happy
with the victory.”
“We played better than yesterday as we continue to adapt to our
new coach’s system,” Costa Rica’s Verania Willis said. “We had a
lot of difficulties with our passing but we must give credit to
the serves of Santos.”
“They surprised us in the first set,”Cuba’s Juan Carlos Gala
said. “It is the first time we play Costa Rica and had to make
adjustments. We improved our serves after the second set and
need to keep going.”
“Cuba improved its game from the second set on and once again we
were left with the bad taste of a bad third set when the serves
of one player created a lot of problems to the same rotation,”
Costa Rica’s Coach Xavier Perales said.