Cuba left with the U20 World Championship ticket

 LIMA, Peru, May 17, 2019 - Cuba defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-13) and won the last spot in the 19th edition of the U20 Women's Volleyball World Championship. FIVB.

 The Puerto Ricans gave a fight during the three sets, but Cuba knew how to maintain the supremacy in attack and service to take the victory and the pass to the grand final of the Pan American Cup to be played on Saturday, May 18.

 Ailama Cese commanded the Cuban attack reaching the maximum of 16 points, with 15 effective attacks and 1 block; she was accompanied him in the offensive by Yaimaris García with 15 points; 9 of attack, 3 of block and 3 of service.

 For Puerto Rico, its captain Sofia Victoria, was the most outstanding contributing 12 points for her country. Cuba had a great advantage in attack (45-21), also doubled in blocking (7-3) and got 5 direct points in service against only 1 in Puerto Rico.

 The winning team committed 23 unforced errors, 18 losers.

 Tomás Fernández, Cuban coach: We are happy to meet the goal, the World Championship will give us that intermediate preparation for the work we are doing in the long term. I think the team is very good, very motivated but the product of their young age still have many ups and downs, it is something we will work on but we have time.

 Thalia Moreno, captain of Cuba: Our objective was very clear and we got it, we are left with the quota to the World Championship and with the same energy we will go out tomorrow for the gold. We have a very even team, I thank each one of my colleagues, both regulars and substitutes, for the commitment and effort they make.

Cuba accumulates two gold medals and one silver in their participation in the U20 World Cup. In this new edition that will be held from July 12 to 21 in Mexico, the Cubans will fight to get back on the podium and improve the position reached 15 in the last World Championship.