KOBE, Japan, November 5, 2006.- USA crushed Puerto Rico in
straight sets 25-14, 25-16, 25-15 and qualified in second place in
a Pool C match of the 2006 FIVB Women’s World Championship.
USA was the best positioned team from the NORCECA Confederation in
this phase og the event. Cuba qualified in third place in Pool D
and Puerto Rico was fourth in Pool C. Dominican Republic (19),
Costa Rica (20) and Mexico (23) were eliminated in the first
Nancy Metcalf and Katherine Wilkins each had 15 points for USA and
Heather Bown added 12. Karina Ocasio was the best of Puerto Rico
with 9 tallies.
“We are happy with the result even though we had a tough time
because there are a lot of tough teams here. We have a lot of good
attackers and they are in good shape, so we need to work on our
serves and receiving,” said Lang Ping, the USA coach.
“We were completely defeated -- on offense, defense the American
team performed very well. I really can't be satisfied with today's
result,” stated Juan Carlos Nunez, the Puerto Rican coach.
In Pool D, Cuba needed five sets to overcome Peru 22-25, 25-16,
17-25, 25-16, 15-10. Rosir Calderon had 22 points, Nancy Carrillo
18 and Yumilka Ruiz 16.
"It was hard to start the games against well-prepared teams. Peru
is a good team with much experience and a high level," said Felipe
Calderon, the Cuban coach.
In Pool A, Costa Rica was defeated by Chinese Tapei in straight
sets by 25-10, 25-18, 25-12. Verania Willis was the best for the
Costa Ricans with 12 points who ended with 1-4 mark.
“The Chinese Taipei is a very high-class team, and we tried our
best to get as many points as possible. In the second set we
competed well but in the first and third sets we could not play
well. We are a seed and want to grow by playing in more
international games,” commented Costa Rican Coach Braulio Godinez
In Pool B, Azerbaijan rolled over Mexico in consecutive sets by
score of 25-14, 25-10, 25-16. Bibi Candelas had 9 points for
Mexico who finished with 0-5 record.
In the final match of Pool B, Russia defeated Dominican Republic
in four sets (25-17, 20-25, 25-18, 25-19). Nurys Arias and Cosiris
Rodriguez each had 12 points and Annerys Vargas added 10.
"Russia is a very strong team and our players knew this before the
match. We played with a lot of passion because we wanted to win
but the Russians were just too strong in blocking and attacking
close to the net. I hope one of the teams from our pool goes on to
win the world championship, maybe it could be Russia," said Miguel
Beato Cruz, the coach of Dominican Republic.