Germany beat Cuba and get into the top 8
Mexicali, Mexico, October 9 2013.- Germany beat Cuba in straight
sets (25-22, 25-22, 25-20) and clinched a berth in the
classification round for places 5 to 8 at FIVB Womens U23 World
Carina Aullenbrock led the German team with 11 points, while
Leonie Schwertmann, Jennifer Geerties and Katharina Schwabe
scored 9 apiece. On the Cuban side, captain Daymara Lescay
closed with 9 points and Alena Rojas with 8.
The Germans had an 8-4 advantage in team aces. Both teams were
tied in block kills and points surrendered by unforced errors.
First two sets were very tight, with a three points difference.
Cuba tried to recover but had some defensive problems. Also in
some spikes, the Caribbean team struggled and put the ball
Germany’s captain Jennifer Geerties returned to the court after
recovering from an ankle injury. However, coach Jens Tietbohl
had to apply more changes in the lineup.
Libero Anna Pogany could not play due to an illness and was
substituted by Alisha Ossowski, who originally plays as Outside
“It is not new for me, I had played as a libero before, but more
as emergency, so we could solve this and win the match,” She
“Congratulations to Germany they surpassed us in all the lines
and had a very good tactical plan that affected us by the middle
of the court. They served well and we had a bad reception,”
stated Cuban Coach Juan Carlos Gala.
“We had to prepare for Cuba, this was a key match, so we worked
hard with our block and defense a lot. It is nice to have this
German team in the top eight at this Championship,” said Jens
Tietbohl, head coach of Germany.
“Congratulations to Germany for this victory. They served very
well and gave the best at this match, We went out to the court
to develop our game, but we were not be able to do so,” said
Daymara Lescay of Cuba.
“We are satisfied with this performance. We put a lot of
pressure against Cuba and tried to make difficult their
reception and also worked hard against their middle blockers. We
hare happy for winning and now we prepare to travel to Tijuana”,
German captain Jennifer Geerties said.