Sainz leads Mexico over Cuba
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, August 24, 2012 – Lizbeth Sainz amassed 33
points, including five blocks, to lead Mexico to a thrilling
five-set victory (25-15, 25-19, 21-25, 14-25, 15-12) over a
resilient Cuba in the first quarterfinal of the NORCECA Women’s
Junior Continental Championship on Friday night.
Alejandra Isiordia contributed 23 points to the victory of
Mexico who now play Costa Rica in one of the semifinal matches.
The other quarterfinal featured United States playing Nicaragua.
Sulien Matienzo collected 32 points for Cuba, with 30 via
attacks. Yaremis Mandero had 22 points with five blocks while
Yalennis Diaz had four blocks among her 12 points.
“We began united as a team and with courage but we lost
concentration in the middle of the match. In the end we battled
with our hearts,” Mexico’s captain Alejandra Isiordia said.
Sulian Matienzo Cuban captain said: “If we had won we would be
in semifinals and the chance to qualify to the world
championship, but Mexico played very well and they deserve it.”
“It was an intense match, we can’t leave aside that we were
facing a high quality team. After yesterday’s loss to Dominican
Republic I had lost all hope; today we knew we had to play to
the maximum of our capabilities and I think this is the happiest
victory I’ve ever lived,” confessed Argentinean Estanislao
Vachino, Mexico’s coach.
“I believe that volleyball won tonight because the crowd
enjoyed a good performance and for my girls, they take with them
lots of experience even if they have a bitter feeling, but we’ll
continue with the hard work,” expressed Cuban Coach Wilfredo