Cuba finishes on top Pool C
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, May 10, 2017.-
Cuba finished on top Pool C defeating Peru 3-1 (29-27, 26-24,
18-25, 25-15) in its U20 Women’s Pan American Cup final
preliminary round match at San Jose, Costa Rica.
Cuba and Peru challenged one another with powerful kills but it
was the Caribbean girls who held an astonishing 61-36 margin in
attacks to top Pool C. Cuba awaits the results from the other
groups to know if they advance directly into semifinals.
Cuba moved ahead winning the first and second sets; they
recovered from a four point deficit in the first while
committing numerous errors and weren’t able to sustain a five
point advantage in the second for a close finish. Peru pocketed
set three with huge margin to extend the actions to a fourth and
Peru benefited from 41 opponent errors and committed 21. The
winners prevailed in blocking by 13-11 margin and both teams
scored 3 aces.
Opposite Heidy Cassanova scored a match-high of 25 points, all
Diaris De La Caridad Perez and Ailama Cese added 17 points
Top scorers for Peru were Katherine Regalado (13 points), Leslie
Leyva (11 points) and Maricarmen Guerrero (10 points).
Diaris De La Caridad Perez, Cuba’s captain:
“I trust my team, we’ve prepared hard but we make too many
mistakes because we lose focus. We are very close as a team and
that’s why we have positive results; our powerful spikes come
from daily and demanding practice because we want to be in the
Katherine Regalado, Peru’s captain:
“We played against Cuba like equals, but our blocking and
defense weren’t effective enough. We weren’t able to execute our
game plan and we missed the opportunity to come on top”.
Wilfredo Robinson, Cuba’s Head Coach:
“It’s very difficult to face teams that limit their errors; not
like us, that despite our victory our errors are much more than
our opponents. The next round will be harder and we must demand
more from our players. Our physical condition is very good but
we fail; we need to improve our skills and tactics”.
Marco Queiroga, Peru’s Head Coach:
“During the technical time-out in each set, I was asking my
players to have a better attitude. We had a spectacular second
set and we were able to win the third with huge margin. Peru has
everything that a team needs for winning; I think my players
were too relaxed. We will be working hard for whatever comes