Canada pull big surprise against Cuba
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico, July 16, 2012 – Canada snapped the
four-game winning streak of Cuba by scoring a surprising
five-set (25-23, 25-23, 17-25, 22-25, 15-7) victory on Monday.
The Canadians held a 19-6 advantage in blocks en route to their
second victory against three losses. Cuba dropped to 4-1.
Sarah Pavan led the winners with 23 points, including 9 blocks,
and her sister Rebecca Pavan added 16. Marie-Pier Murray
finished 12 while Alicia Perrin and Shanice Marcelle notched 11
Cuba’s Yanelis Santos collected 18 points, followed by Wilma
Salas and Ana Cleger with 17 and 16 respectively. Daymara Lescay
had 13 in the losing cause.
“I am very proud of my team,” Canada’s captain Brittney Page
said. “We started and finished strong. We respect Cuba but we
kept the pressure on and we deserved to win.”
“It was a bad game for my team” Cuba’s Yuisdey Silie said. “We
made many mistakes and Canada played a good tactical game.”
“Everything we did bad yesterday, we did well today,” Canada’s
coach Arnd Ludwig said. “Cuba recovered after the second set but
we had the right answers.”
“I congratulated Canada for a good match,” Cuba’s Juan Carlos
Gala said. “We had a bad start and also in the fifth set. We
made mistakes in the crucial moments and our team appeared to be
tired after playing five sets yesterday.”