Chile to semifinals with epic win over Cuba at U18 Pan Am Cup
DURANGO, Mexico, May 24, 2019. - Chile to semifinals with epic
3-1 (25-15, 25-21, 25-27, 25-20) over Cuba at the U18 Girls’ Pan
American Cup in Auditorio del Pueblo of Durango, Mexico.
Chile won the quarterfinal pushing aside Cuba’s possibilities to
clinch one of the two available tickets to the FIVB World
Championship in Egypt. Chile is ready to feature in Saturday’s
semifinals waiting for the result of the other quarterfinal.
Cuban were out unrecognizable while everything went well for
Chile in the first set, surprising Cuba reaching both technical
time-outs on top (8-3, 16-8); nevertheless Chile lost four set
points before moving ahead in the score. The second set was
tougher, but Chile did not lose their momentum holding off
Cuba’s recovery and finishing the set with two service points.
Cuba finally stabilized their game, showing their usual rhythm;
still Chile came from behind (13-16) to even the score to 20
points and extending Cuba’s dramatic finish. Chile did not lose
focus; they kept their system in blocking and serving only to
dominate Cuba who remained full of errors.
Chile came on top with 12-10 margin in blocks, 11-7 in serves
and scoring on 48 Cuban errors. Cuba did better in spikes with a
39-29 advantage and benefiting from 27 Chilean errors.
Chile used a balanced scoring attack between Colomba Gonzalez
with 13 points and three players, Gabriela Badilla, María Jesus
Muñoz and Constanza Silva that contributed with 10 points
apiece. Thalia Moreno led all scorers with 18 points, the only
Cuban with double figures.
María de Jesús Muñóz, Chilean captain was really excited to
advance to the semifinals and leaving Cuba out of any
possibility to qualifying to Worlds, “Chile performed well in
serves, our coach told where to serve and that’s exactly what we
did, added to our good defense and mostly our attacks. We
remained focused, and instead of celebrating when we were up we
knew we had to stay calm and have the mind on the game”.
Eduardo Guillaume Chile’s coach said his opinion about this
important victory, “prior to the match we were aware that Cuba
is a team that’s one or two steps above us. But we spoke during
our technical meeting, the girls are always practicing and one
day our improvement was going to show and today’s celebration is
well deserved. It can’t be that always when we face a team above
us we lose. I am really happy for the team, this is good for
Chile. Our team played orderly, serving and blocking strong”.