Cuba edged Puerto Rico 3-2 (23-25, 27-25, 22-25,
25-22, 13-15) to conclude the regular series of
the NORCECA Final Six Pan American Volleyball
Cup on Thursday afternoon at National Palace
Ricardo Arias or Dominican Olympic Center.
The Cubans finished with a 2-4 win-losses and 10
points, while de Puerto Ricans totaled 16 points
fruit of 2 victory and 3 defeats.
Despite losing the five-setter, Puerto Rico
dominated in aces scores with a 10-4 difference
and established a 19-16 margin in blocks. Cuba
led the scores in attacks 68-58.
Claudia Tarin and Ailama Cesé contributed 23 and
22 points, respectively, for Cuba and Fine
contributed 19 tallies. For Puerto Rico, Collazo
totaled 23 and Stephanie Enright added 22
Jorge Sosa, coach of Cuba: The
strength of our team is the offensive elements,
today Cuba did not win nor did Puerto Rico lose,
today I won volleyball because a team of young
girls that you manage to reach a fifth set, that
is development. It was a game with high scores
and a lot of intensity, Puerto Rico played well
but in the end things turned out better for us.
Fernando Morales, coach of Puerto Rico: Cuba
had a very good game, they were very stable in
reception and in attacks they are very powerful,
we rotated the players a bit, we rested those
who had played every day of course we know that
all the players have the level we thought we
could have won but all credit to Cuba who had a