Cuba wins U20 Pan Am opener to Chile
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, May 8, 2017.-
Cuba easily beat Chile 3-0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-12) at the Women’s
U20 Pan American Cup opener on Monday at Gimnasio Nacional of
San Jose, Costa Rica.
Cuba showed their high level game dominating each skill with
superiority, leading 32-13 in kills, 12-3 in blocking and 11-3
in service points. Both teams had similar amount of errors, Cuba
finished with 21 and Chile with 20.
Ailma Cese topped Cuba with 13 points, 11 on kills and 2 blocks;
the other double digit scorer was Diaris De La Caridad Perez
with 10 points. On Chile’s side, Beatriz Novoa scored 7 points.
Pool C matches on day two of competition feature a South
American battle between Chile and Peru; while Cuba has the day
Diaris De La Caridad Perez, Cuba’s captain:
“Winning the first match is motivating, you always have more
pressure at the beginning of a competition. We are prepared to
battle strong and finish pool-play on top, that way we’ll
advance into semifinals. Our objective is to qualify to the
Amalia Carvajal, Chile´s captain:
“We just came from playing a friendly series against Dominican
Republic and we really improved, we moved a step forward and
today’s result is frustrating. We had no heart on the court and
we respected Cuba too much. We must improve our attitude; we did
the easy things more difficult”.
Wilfredo Robinson, Cuba’s Head Coach:
“Yes, we won, but the girls started too stressed. Our serves and
blocking turned out well, the group is developing and as the
tournament advances we’ll see improvement”.
Eduardo Guillaume, Chile’s Head Coach:
“There’s a huge gab with Cuba, not only physically but
technically as well. We must work a lot more in our technical
skills, this is an enthusiastic group and in a short period we
will have a better performance. Today we faced a solid opponent,
a saw a superlative Cuban team and we must not feel bad of the
outcome; tomorrow we’ll have to do our best”.