Cuba wins Pool B and move to semifinals
TIJUANA, Mexico, May 1, 2012 – Cuba beat Mexico 3-0 (25-17,
25-14, 25-9) to win Pool B of the NORCECA Women’s Olympic
Qualification Tournament while earning a direct ticket to the
semifinals of the event. Mexico finished in second place and
will play against Canada in the quarterfinals.
Cuba had a huge 13-1 advantage in the serving aces department
and also bested the opponents 8-5 in the blocking stats.
Yanelis Santos, who had 9 aces, was the top scorer of the
winners with 15 points while Wilma Salas and Rosanna Giel each
contributed 11 points.
Alejandra Isiordia was the only player of Mexico who finished
the match in double figures with 11 tallies.
Yuisdey Silie, Captain of Cuba: “It was a very quiet match.
Mexico is a very young team in renovation. They did things great
and we accomplished our tactical goal from the beginning to the
Karla Sainz, Captain of Mexico: “It was a learning experience
for us. We failed in reception and faced a very strong
Juan Carlos Gala, Coach of Cuba: “Finally we started to improve.
We have reached our goal and we have grown in the tournament as
we expected. In the first two matches, our team began to show
its best in the third set but today we started different just
from the beginning.”
Estanislao Vachino, Coach of Mexico: “We tried to do what we
could. The difference in the third set was the difference
between one team and another. There was no excuse. This was a
reality, we hoped to see a lack of concentration by Cuba, but
they expressed what volleyball is all about on the third set.”