USA advance to a semifinal clash with Dominican Republic



TORONTO, Canada, July 22, 2015 – United States defeated Cuba 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 22-25, 25-18) advancing to a semifinal match against the Dominican Republic at the women’s volleyball tournament of the Pan American Games Toronto 2015.


While Cuba outdistanced United States in the blocking category 16-7, the Americans had the upper hand in attacks 58-41 and made 20 errors, seven less than Cuba.


Krista Vansant topped USA with 16 points followed by Nicole Fawcett and Kristin Hildebrand with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Rachael Adams and Lauren Paolini tallied eight apiece in the victory.


Melissa Vargas was once again the top scorer for Cuba with 20 points. Regla Gracia added 11 points and Jennifer Alvarez finished with 10, including six blocks.


Daniel Fisher, Coach of United States: “I am pleased to get the result. It was a very difficult game. Cuba is a very physical team and created a lot of problems defensively before we found a way to win. I think the difference was the pressure we put with our serves in the fourth set. Against the Dominican Republic it will be a great match to watch. Our players know them very well but we will need to play our best to beat them.”


Carli Lloyd, player of United States: “I am very proud of our group. We had a plan and executed it. Cuba is a very good team and they pushed us. Our focus was to do our thing from our side of the net. Playing against a team with such blockers and attackers, the key is to stay patient.”


Krista Vansant, player of United States: “It should be a good match against the Dominican Republic in the semifinals. They are a great team but I think we can win. The competition is of a higher and better level than at the Pan American Cup. All the teams are playing great.”


Dayami Sanchez, Player of Cuba: “This was a great match for them. They play too fast and we are more used to play a slower game style. Both of us came out to win. They knew how to play and capitalize our mistakes, that’s the reason they won this match. We are really a very young team, there are still a lot of things to improve, but overall we must believe more in ourselves, and nothing else.”


Roberto García, Coach of Cuba: “This was a very important match for both teams. We respected the United States team. They have a tremendous team, a high level team. We came here to capitalize an opportunity. We won a set, and then we fought in a 8-7 score. We went down a little bit, took a breath and tried to recover to set the score 16-14. The American’s experience dominated, however we will go tomorrow against Argentina for the fifth place that was our main goal at this tournament”.