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Cuba finish at 3-2 in Pool B of Pan Am Cup

LIMA, Peru, June 21, 2017 – Cuba scored a straight-set 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-21) over Trinidad & Tobago to finish Pool B of the XVI Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup with a 3-2 record and 14 points.

The fate of Cuba will be determined by the outcome of the next match at Eduardo Dibos Coliseum of Lima where Canada (2-2) meets Chile (0-4).

Heidy Casanova and Regla Gracia led Cuba with 15 and 13 points, respectively, while Daymara Lescay and Sulian Matienzo added 9 and 8 in the victory. Veteran Krystle Esdelle had a match-high 16 points for Trinidad & Tobago.

Cuba outscored Trinidad & Tobago 11-8 in blocks and 7-2 in service winners while committing 15 unforced errors to 23 by the losers.

“The technical staff is very glad with the development achieved by young players like Casanova and Gracia, among others, because that was our main goal coming here,” said Wilfredo Robinson, coach of Cuba. “Now we have to wait for the score of the match between Canada and Chile to know if we are in the quarterfinals.”

“We had many ups and downs and today we made too many mistakes especially when we were narrowing the score margin,” said Francisco Cruz, the coach of Trinidad & Tobago. “That’s part of the process of development. They need to play more tournaments of this level.”