Cuba cruises in straight sets against Costa Rica
IQUITOS, Peru, June 11, 2013- Cuba defeated Costa Rica in
consecutive sets 25-20, 25-14, 25-17 for its second victory in
Pool B at the Movistar Women’s Pan American Cup on Tuesday
The Cubans have now a 2-0 record and 8 points, combining their
victory on Tuesday and the win attained in five sets against
Canada in opening day.
Rosanna Giel had 12 points as the most prolific scorer of the
balanced Cuban offense with Ana Cleger and Yoana Palacios each
contributing 9 points. Karen Cope finished with 10 points as the
best Costa Rican scorer.
Cuba held advantages of 8-5 in blocks and 5-4 in service
winners. In attacks the winners were better by far 40-21 while
committing 20 errors to 21 by the opponents.
“Before the start we were sure about winning 3-0, not because
we underestimate the opponent but because they are in a growing
process,” commented the Cuban Cleger.
Cuba’s coach Juan Carlos Gala praised the Costa Ricans saying
“they surprised us a little in the first set with their serves,
but we stayed calm and kept the confidence of winning the tough
opening match against Canada.”
For his colleague Horacio Bastit “it was a tough experience
because we continue to have problems with the reception and it
affects the whole job. I think we can reach a much better level
if we play, at least, 20 matches a year of this kind.”
Costa Rica’s captain Ángela Willis showed her disappointment
with the result. “We knew Cuba was going to be tough, but I
would have liked fight more. However it is a learning process
and I would like to see more investment in hours of work to be
able to be among the best.”