Cuba claim first victory in Pool A
Lima, Peru, September 4, 2012 – Cuba dispatched Colombia in
straight sets (25-18, 25-17, 25-21) to even up at 1-1 their
win-loss record in Pool A of the U-23 Women’s Volleyball Pan
American Cup taking place at Miguel Grau Coliseum of El Callao
The winners held advantages in attacks (37-21) and service aces
(9-2) while the defeated side held slim margin of 9-8 in blocks.
Yaremi Mendaro had 13 points to lead the balanced offense of
Cuba, followed by Yoana Palacio and Sulian Matienzo with 12 and
11 respectively. Alena Rojas and Daymara Lescay each contributed
Colombia’s Silvia Galeano finished with 8 points and Melissa
Rangel had 7, including four blocks.
“We were really nervous entering the match since we are a junior
team against an U-23,” Colombia’s Maria Alejandra Marin said.
“The reality is that Cuba is also a team with many junior
players since I am the eldest one at 21,” answered back Cuba’s
Yoana Palacios.”Today we were more determined and we hope to
qualify to next round.”
Cuba’s coach Juan Carlos Gala commended the improvement of
Colombia and their presence in recent continental competitions.
“The service and the strength of Cuba were the keys for us
today,” he said. “We had better communication between our setter
and the rest of the players. The third set was the toughest one
but we blocked well at the crucial moments.”
Colombia’s coach Oscar Guevara said: “We faced a very potent
team in Cuba and we still have technical problems to overcome
especially in our defense. Nevertheless, it was a good game for