Puerto Rico to play Dominican Republic in semifinals
CAÑETE, Peru, June 23, 2017 – Puerto Rico advanced to a
semifinal match against defending champions Dominican Republic
after defeating Cuba in straight sets 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-17)
in a quarterfinal contest of the XVI Women’s Volleyball Pan
American Cup at Lolo Fernández Coliseum of Cañete on Friday.
Daly Santana finished with 20 points as the leader in the
balanced offense of Puerto Rico spread out by the dynamic setter
Natalia Valentin, the captain of the team. Pilar Marie Victoria,
Jennifer Quesada and Shirley Ferrer added 10, 9 and 8 points,
respectively, in the victory.
Cuba’s Heidy Casanova and Regla Gracia finished with 12 and 11
points, respectively, in the loss.
It was the fifth overall victory for Puerto Rico in the
competition after going 4-1 in Pool A. The Dominicans dominated
Pool B with a 5-0 mark without losing a single set.
Natalia Valentin, Captain of Puerto Rico: “We lacked rhythm at
the start of the match but later on with more concentration and
following the technical instructions from the coach we were able
to climb back to win the third set without any difficulties.”
Javier Gaspar, Coach of Puerto Rico: “I want to congratulate the
team of Cuba because is young and with a lot of power. Today my
team came back from less to more and following the tactical plan
they could win the match.”
Sulian Matienzo, Captain of Cuba: “I want to congratulate Puerto
Rico because they did a great job on the court and that is the
reason they won. We didn’t have the concentration to keep the
advantage in the score.”
Wilfredo Robinson, Coach of Cuba: “First of all I want to
congratulate the great job done by Puerto Rico to reach the
semifinals. From our side. I just say we complied with our
objective of preparing this young team for future competitions.
We have five players from the U20 team and I believe in the long
term work we are doing.”