Cuba outduel Dominican Republic for the bronze
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico, July 20, 2012 – Cuba outdueled Dominican
Republic in five thrilling sets (25-21, 28-26, 23-25, 18-25,
15-12) to claim the bronze medal of the XI Women’s Volleyball
Pan American Cup on Friday.
It is the second bronze for Cuba and sixth overall (four gold
medals) in the history of the competition while Dominican
Republic was left out of the podium for the first time.
Wilma Salas topped Cuba with 23 points while Rosanna Giel and
Yoana Palacios each recorded 18 points. Yanelis Santos and Ana
Cleger notched 14 and 10 respectively.
Bethania De la Cruz finished with 23 points for the defeated
side. Annerys Vargas had 16, Sidarka Núñez added 14 and Candida
Arias contributed 12, including a match-high 8 blocks.
“Both teams played a good game and thanks to God the result went
for us,” Cuba’s Yusidey Silie said. “We went out to have fun and
we are happy with the bronze and the qualification to the Grand
“We need to continue working to iron some wrinkles in our game,
to work on some details like our concentration,” Dominican
Prisilla Rivera said. “We are very sad for not winning a medal
but I there are more events in the future.”
“You always expect matches like this when our teams face each
other,” Cuba’s Juan Carlos Gala said. “We won two five-setters
against them in this competition. The fifth set was very
dramatic and in a tie-breaker the team who plays better win most
of the time.”
“In a fifth set anything can happen,” Dominican Republic’s coach
Markos Kwiek said. “It was a very intense match like always
happens when these two teams play each other.
We need to continue working and improving.”