TORONTO, Canada, July 16, 2015 – Argentina defeated Cuba 3-0
(25-23, 26-24, 25-19) in a Pool AS match of the women’s
volleyball tournament of the Pan American Games at Exhibition
Centre on Thursday.
The Argentineans made only 14 unforced errors compared to 31 by
the young Cuban squad and held the advantage in blocks 10-5.
Josefina Fernandez was the top scorer for Argentina with 10
points followed by Lucia Fresco with nine tallies. Emilce Sosa
and Julieta Lazcano each contributed 7 points in the victory.
Cuba’s Melissa Vargas topped all the scorers in the match with
18 points but it was not enough. Jennifer Alvarez finished with
10 in the loss.
Guilermo Orduna, coach of Argentina: “This is a team that has
shown that battles until the last point. We rely on tactics and
making lesser mistakes because we don’t have a lot of power. “
Roberto Garcia, coach of Cuba: “We made mistakes at the crucial
moments of the match and couldn’t close the sets. After losing
the first two sets, they didn’t battle the same.”
Emilce Sosa, player of Argentina: “It is one important victory
since we are coming from a Grand Prix where we didn’t do well.
To start with a win in Toronto is an important boost to the
confidence of our team.”
Yael Castiglione, player of Argentina: “It has been a long time
since the last time Argentina played at the Pan Am Games. It
feels like having goose bumps in my skin and this is special.
Cuba is always a very difficult rival. They are players with a
lot of strength in their attack and we always play the opposite
way. But we could work with our service and that was the key for
Melissa Vargas, player of Cuba: “I feel good about playing at my
first Pan Am Games. However we need to have more decision and to
be more consistent going after the balls in the very important
moments of the match. We couldn’t do so and felt a lot of
pressure. That’s why we couldn’t make it today.”