PRESS RELEASE 22/09/2007

Cuba edged USA in five sets to win NORCECA Women’s 


WINNIPEG, Canada, September 22, 2007.- Cuba edged USA in a gruelling five-setter by scores of 22-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-23, 18-16  to win the gold medal match at the  NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship.


Based on reaching the NORCECA championship match, both Cuba and Team USA claimed berths into the FIVB World Cup held Nov. 2-16 in Japan.


Rosir Calderon pocketed 22 points to lead Cuba. Nancy Carillo, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and top spiker, tallied 20 points for Cuba. Daimi Ramirez added 19 points, while Yumilka Ruiz collected 13 points.


Heather Bown led USA with 22 points, Ogona Nnamani added 19, Danielle Scott-Arruda contributed 17 and Jennifer Joines tallied 15 points.


USA and Cuba have now split four meetings with Cuba in 2007. Cuba won the first meeting on July 16 at the Pan American Games while the Americans garnered a four-set win over the Cubans on August 10 and a five-set victory on August 18 during the FIVB World Grand Prix.

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