Sensational Cuban victory over Argentina to go for the crown
HAVANA, Cuba, April 1, 2017 – Sensationally
Cuba won over Argentina 3-2 (20-25, 27-25, 25-18, 16-25, 15-10)
and will meet Colombia for the crown of the VI Pan American U18
Girls’ Cup at the Sports City Coliseum.
The bronze-medal match will played between Argentina and
Dominican Republic who in the previous semifinal was defeated by
Colombia also in five sets (10-25,
22-25, 25-16, 28-26, 15-11).
In the very close match Argentina-Cuba, Elizabeth Vicet (26) and
Aliama Cesé (24) were the solid pillars and match best scorers
by the local ones followed by her teammates Ivy Mary Villa and
Yamisleidys Viltres who contributed 12 and 11 points
For their rivals, Sofia Meinardi (17), Martina Delucchi (16) and
Candela Salinas (10) scored double figures.
Cubans won the Pool B by defeating Costa Rica (3-0) and Colombia
(3-1), and dominating; in quarterfinals, Chile (3-0)
Something similarly, in Pool A, Argentineans did with victories
over Chile (3-1) and Puerto Rico (3-0), but they additionally
secured direct pass to semifinals as second best pool winner in
the preliminary round where the best ones were the Dominicans in
Pool A as undefeated.
Juan Carlos Cruz, Cuban coach: “We knew it would have to work
hard against Argentina because of their teamwork and practice.
On the other side my girls without experience but well prepared
physically and mentally to fight for the triumph. At crucial
times, the blocking came up and the service was well directed.
When the third set finished with disadvantage 1-2, I told them
they deserved to win and they could get it. Actually they
brought the best out of them.”
Estanislao Vachino, Argentinean coach: “I think both of us are
the greatest teams in the tournament. Unfortunately we met in
semifinals where it was being 3-0 for us. However, in the second
one, Cuba brought the best of them and they did not make errors
to close the set finally becoming the fair winner. I
hope they could have a great match in the final tomorrow.”
Elizabeth Vicet, Cuban captain: “It was a very close match
because none of the teams never gave up. We have already
fulfilled a goal: the world ticket. Now we will have to win the
gold medal in a match where I will be doing battle. By the way,
I requested to wear number 3 in the uniform because of Mireya
Luis, a triple Olympic champion, to whom I would like to look
alike or be better than her. So I feel with a great
Martina Delucchi, an Argentinean wing spiker: “For this
tournament we planned doing our best to be at the podium and we
have attained it given we had secured a quota plaza for the WCH
as host team. However, today, we let the escape the victory
losing concentration and facing opposing players who blocked us
a lot with tall athletes.”