PRESS RELEASE 27/09/2009

Cuba scores another comeback victory over USA

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico, September 27, 2009 – For second time in the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship, Cuba erased a 0-2 deficit to defeat United States and take home the bronze medal. The match finished 17-25, 16-25, 28-26, 25-16, 15-11.

Wilma Salas led Cuba with 15 points and Nancy Carrillo followed with 14 including five blocks. Yanelis Santos and Yusidey Silie added 13 and 10 points respectively, and Rachel Sanchez came from the bench to record 9 points including three blocks.

Nancy Metcalf led USA with 17 points, Heather Bown and Cynthia Barboza each had 14 while Jordan Larson contributed 10 points.

“Another interesting and tough match like it is always against USA,” said Luis Oviedo, the coach of Cuba. “We had a very slow start as our players were not completely recovered from the loss of the previous night.”

“Our team ran out of gas after the third set,” said High McCutcheon, the coach of USA. “It has been a long summer and this is a learning experience for our young players because college volleyball is very different to the international game.”

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