Dominican Republic beat Cuba
with a solid 3-0
LIMA, Peru, August 4, 2017 – The Dominican Republic captured
five points in the overall standings of the U18 Final Four
Herbalife Cup after a decisive 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-16) over
Cuba at Manuel Bonilla Coliseum in Miraflores.
Madeline Guillen had 15 points in the victory, backed in the
offense by Natalia Martinez and Yanlis Felix each with 12
points. For Cuba Ailama Cese registered 9 points.
Alexandre Ceccato, coach of Dominican Republic: I am surprised
with the outcome, because after playing five sets in the
morning, I thought it would be tougher but everything went good
Natalia Martinez, captain of Dominican Republic: Tonight we
played focused until the last point. We were able to take
advantage and keep the momentum when we were ahead in the score.
We took advantage of Cuba’s weakness with the reception and kept
the consistency with the serve to get the win.
Martin Fernandez, coach of Cuba: In this match we didn’t start
with the regular lineup because the morning session was
exhausting. The girls did not comply the tactical instructions
and even though the attack worked well down the middle, the
reception failed. I achieved the goal of using my 12 players in
the opening day.
Elizabeth Vicet, captain of Cuba: We lacked the concentration
and did not follow the tactical instructions to locate our
serves. I think that the fatigue of playing five sets in the
morning had its effects, but also our blocking failed and they
took advantage of it pressing with their attack.