ROSARITO, Mexico.— Cuba showed why is still one of the top countries in the World of volleyball, and with no hesitation defeated a strong and well prepared team of Canada 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19).
The cubans coached by Juan Carlos Gala fell down after the first set, but as soon as they made some adjustments with much better reception and in the blocking game, finished with their second victory of the tournament.
“We were very surprised by the tactical plan, Canada played well prepared with good service and attack on the first set, but we found the way to solve it and finally finished with the victory and that was very important for us”, said coach Gala.
Kenia Carcaces ended with 19 points for Cuba as the top scorer of the match, while Rachel Sanchez and Ana Yilian Cieger concluded with 16 tallies each. The same number was recorded by Canada´s Tonya Mokelki and Sarah Pavan registered 15.
The canadians had also good performances with their captain Tammy Mahon (11 points) and Jennifer Hinze (10). “We played very focused on the first set, but on the second one we had some mistakes and that was when we struggled, but anyway I feel so proud of the way my team has been playing”, Canada’s coach Arnd Ludwig stated.
“Facing Cuba is always a great experience because they are loyal to their fundamentals, with good block and good attack, and after finishing this match we took away with something new to learn, like we did on the first day (against Argentina)”, Canada’s Mahon answered.
For the cubans it was a good start and very important to finish with a second win, like Yusidey Silis stated. “Canada gave a good fight on the field, and we didn’t expect to experience such a difficult start. We struggled with the reception on the beginning, but fortunately we won this match”.
CUBA DERROTA 3-1 A CANADA
ROSARITO, Mexico.— Cuba demostró por qué es una de las potencias del orbe dentro del voleibol, y sin titubear derrotó a un equipo bien preparado de Canadá 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19).
Los cubanos, entrenados por Juan Carlos Gala, cayeron en el primer set, pero lograron recuperarse mejorando su recepción y su bloqueo,
Kenia Carcaces finalizó con19 points para Cuba mientras que Rachel Sanchez y Ana Yilian Cieger cerraron con 16, al igual que la canadiense Tonya Mokelki y Sarah Pavan cerró con 15. Tammy Mahon, capitana de Canadá terminó con 11 puntos y Jennifer Hinze con 10.