Cuba overcome Puerto Rico despite late arrival
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico, July 12, 2012 – Late arrival Cuba
recovered from a slow start to defeat Puerto Rico 3-1 (16-25,
25-18, 25-19) in Pool A of the Women’s Pan American Cup.
The winners, who arrived four hours before the match,
established an overwhelming margin of 18-7 in the blocking
department with Gyselle Silva leading the way with 7. Puerto
Rico held a 7-1 advantage in the serves category.
Cuba’s Yanelis Santos, who registered 4 blocks, led the offense
with 16 points, followed by Silva’s 14 and Yoana Palacios and
Wilma Salas with 12 and 11 respectively. Puerto Rico’s Stephanie
Enright finished with 14 and Daly Santana had 10, including 4
“I know they were so tired after a long trip. We played even
against Cuba, and on the first set we started so fast. We are
now with a young team, but for Puerto Rico it is very important
to face this kind of great opponents,” stated Puerto Rico’s
captain Jetzabel del Valle.
“I am happy with the win today. We recently landed here, after
almost five days without training. We were a little bit out of
focus, but as long as the match developed we got the points to
win,” said Yusidey Silie about the Cuban team.
In the end it was Cuba’s strength that prevailed, recognized
Puerto Rican coach David Aleman. “Despite Cuba’s had just
arrived to the competition this was a very tough match, their
strength was a key and in the end they dominated,” he said.
“Puerto Rico’s volleyball is almost similar to ours. The girls
felt affected in the first set, but recovered. We won the match
due to collective effort, a hard team work,” Juan Carlos Gala
remarked about Cuba’s performance.