Cuba wins U20 Women’s Pan Am Bronze
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, May 13, 2017.-
Cuba won the U20 Women’s Pan American Cup Bronze medal match
after defeating Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-20) at San
Jose, Costa Rica.
Cuba and Puerto Rico contested a gloomy bronze medal match, with
Cuba recovering from a five point deficit in set two. The
winners weren’t as energetic as their usual performing style
while winning their second bronze medal in the tournament’s
history. Cuba finishes with 3-1 record and Puerto Rico with 2-2.
Cuba outblocked Puerto Rico by a huge 10-3 margin, while
sustaining advantage in kills by 39-27. Puerto Rico scored on 9
aces and Cuba three. The difference in errors was slim; Cuba
committed 20 and Puerto Rico 23.
Leading Cuba with double digits was top scorer Heidy Casanova
with 15 points, Diaris Perez contributed with 12, Ailama Cese
and Laura Suarez tallied 11 and 10 points respectively. On
Puerto Rico’s side, Paulina Perez led with 11 points and Dariana
Hollingsworth with 10.
Diaris De La Caridad Perez, Cuba’s captain:
“We didn’t reach our goal; we wanted to play for gold and
qualify to the world championship. Our matches were demanding y
the team improved a lot”.
Wilfredo Robinson, Cuba’s Head Coach:
“This match is an example of what happens when Cuba faces teams
who the players believe have lower level than they do. We are
trying to make them understand that no matter who their opponent
is, they must perform strong. Several athletes showed progress,
like Gretell Moreno, Laura Suarez and Heidy Casanova. We need to
develop more game abilities and combine them with our strength”.
Dariana Hollingsworth, Puerto Rico’s captain:
“My team has U14 and U16 players, competing at a higher
category, so I consider we did a good job. Today we battled hard
up to the end; I know we could have finished in better place”.
Julio Melendez, Puerto Rico’s Head Coach:
“Cuba is taller and stronger than us, but my players were
focused and performed very well, we even were up in scores.
My team did good today”.