Casanova contributes 27 points to Cuban victory
LIMA, Peru, June 19, 2017 – Heidy Casanova recorded a
tournament-high 27 points as Cuba stormed past Chile in straight
sets 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-19) improving their record at 2-1 in
Pool B of the XVI Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup by
Movistar at Eduardo Dibós Coliseum of Lima on Monday. Chile is
winless in three outings.
Casanova was the only Cuban player with double figures in the
balanced offense of Cuba where Regla Gracia and Laura Suarez
contributed 9 and 8 points, respectively. Catalina Melo was the
best Chilean with 14 points.
Cuba dominated in attacks 53-26 and held the advantages in
blocks and 6-3 in service winners.
Sulien Matienzo, Captain of Cuba: “We went out to battle for the
points and now we have to play hard against Dominican Republic
in our next match.”
Catalina Melo, Captain of Chile: “It was a very tough match, but
we need to learn to play against teams like Cuba. I think we
have been playing better and better.”
Wilfredo Robinson, Coach of Cuba: “We didn’t want to allow that
many points to Chile, but they have grown with the competition.
Our goal is to win at least one set or two against Dominican
Eduardo Guillaume, Coach of Chile: “The attack of Cuba was very
strong as usual, but today they were accurate also. It was very
difficult for us to play.”