Cuba Defeats U.S. in Comeback Victory and Remains Unbeaten
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- 09 / 25 / 2009
In Pool A, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico remained unbeaten following their wins over Trinidad & Tobago and Canada, respectively, on Wednesday. The teams will clash on Thursday for group supremacy, while Cuba meets Mexico.
Wilma Salas scored six of her 14 points in the tie-breaker to help Cuba complete a sensational come-from-behind win over the Team USA and stake a 2-0 record in Pool B.
The Cubans outmatched their opponents 14-7 in the blocking category and came out victorious despite committing 44 errors compared to 21 by the losers, who now have a 1-1 mark.
Nancy Carrillo, who closed the match with an ace, led Cuba with 23 points including 5 blocks. Kenia Carcaces added 17 and Yanelis Santos contributed 4 blocks among her 16 tallies. Americans Nancy Metcalf and Jordan Larson had 16 and 14 points respectively.
The Dominican Republic cruised to an easy 25-12, 25-10, 25-7 victory over Trinidad & Tobago and improved to 2-0 in Pool A.
The Dominicans recorded 9 aces during the match that lasted only 53 minutes, and outscored the Trinidadians 7-5 in blocks.
Lisvel Eve led the winners with 10 points and Milagros Cabral contributed 9. Annerys Vargas, Prisilla Rivera and Altagracia Mambru each had 7 points with Mambru scoring four aces. Krystle Esdelle led the losers with nine points.
Mexico defeated Costa Rica 3-1 (28-26, 23-25, 25-19, 25-19) to even its record at 1-1 in Pool B. The losers, who gave away 41 points in errors, dropped to 0-2.
Mexico’s Cecilia Rios led her side with 21 points and Karla Sainz added 14. Grecia Duran chipped in 9 points. Costa Rica’s Verania Willis had a match-high 26 points and Karen Cope and Angela Willis recorded 15 and 13 respectively.
Puerto Rico defeated Canada in straight sets 25-22, 25-23, 25-21 and remained tied with Dominican Republic atop Pool A. Both teams have 2-0 records, while Canada dropped to 0-2.
Aury Cruz paced Puerto Rico with 16 points including 4 blocks and Sarai Alvarez and Tatiana Encarnacion added 14 and 12 points respectively. Tiffany Dodds was the only Canadian in double figures, charting 11 points, while Tammy Mahon tallied nine.
Source: Universal Sports