Cuba off on good start at U18 Pan Am Cup
DURANGO, Mexico, May 21, 2019. - Cuba began with strong pace the
U18 Girls’ Pan American Cup, the event that grants two spots for
the FIVB World Championship, prevailing to Peru 3-0 (25-23,
25-12, 25-23) in pool B at Auditorio del Pueblo of Durango,
Peru was able to detain Cuba’s charging force over the net with
fast moves and a balanced defense during sets one and three. It
was in the second set that Cuba had little resistance from Peru
with their unstoppable serves reaching a huge 13-2 lead.
Remaining in command did not come easy for Cuba while Peru
grabbed actions in their own hands with a three point up to the
second technical time-out in set three.
Cuba earned their first victory in Pool B with a huge 33-19
advantage in kills, 9-3 in blocks and serves 8-2 in serves. Cuba
allowed 34 points on errors while scoring on 25 opponent errors.
Cuban opposite player Dezirett Madan led all scorers with 14
points including 12 kills, followed by wing spikers Claudia
Tarin and Thainalien Castillo with 11 points apiece. Spiker
Carolina Milla tallied 7 points for Peru.
Cuba’s (1-0) next opponent is Guatemala (0-1) and Peru (0-1) is
set to play against Puerto Rico (1-0).
Cuban Dezirett Madan said they attacked strong “our most
outstanding feature is spiking, we performed it well, added to
our team effort. For a first match it went pretty well, but we
were too confident in the third set because we thought we had
already won. Number 16 (Thainalien Castillo) did an excellent
Coach Jaime Echeverría of Cuba indicated they tryied a new
formation “today we didn’t use our traditional formation because
our setter is sick; I’m satisfied because it worked out well.
Each player has an individual goal for our team’s benefit and
today they all did a good job. Peru grew stronger because of our
Natalia Málaga, Head Coach of Peru said her team lacks
confidence “we lost by only two points the first set and my team
felt defeated, they could have reacted. We don’t have a leader
that can put up the challenge. The defense has many flaws. The
team knows how to play, they just don’t execute”.