Cuba goes up against the Dominican and wins the bronze in the
Tegucigalpa, Honduras. September 1, 2018. Cuba got up by losing
the first set against the Dominican Republic to win 3-1 (19-25,
25-20, 28-26, 25-16) and take third place in the NORCECA U18
Women's Continental Championship .
Thainalien Castillo guided the Cuban team to the comeback with
21 points, of them 16 on attack and three on serve, and Dezirett
Madan joined with 12 and 11 of the captain Thalia Moreno. For
the Dominicans, Flormarie Heredia scored 17 points and 10 from
It was a very equal match, with Cuba dominating the attack 44-38
and the service 9-7, while the Dominican took advantage in block
12-10, however committed 34 unforced errors, by 30 of the Cubans
who achieved their first medal in this category.
Thalia Moreno, captain of Cuba: "We were very affected after
losing the first set, because we thought we had lost everything,
but we knew how to react. In the second set, when we started
from the bottom to get up, we realized we could win it. "
"We took a lot of experience from this tournament, especially
not understate ours opponents. We beat Canada in the group stage
in three sets and we thought it would be the same team and it
was not like that, we trusted each other. We had the public
supporting us and that motivated us a lot, despite not playing
in Cuba we felt at home ".
Jaime Echevarri, coach of Cuba: "We worked on the situations of
yesterday's game, the mistakes that were made, we analyzed well
on the contrary, since it was a different rival to the one we
faced in the first phase and the girls fulfilled the confidence
that they We always maintained".
"Some players yesterday felt that we no longer trusted them, but
we talked to them and we told them that we fully trust them and
that today we went with everything to win."
Alexandre Ceccato, coach of Dominican: "Cuba failed too much in
the first set, it was not that we played well. After the serve
made it difficult for us, we had some chances in the third set,
but this game is killing and dying and we did not know how to
finish there. "
“Our team is very young and after losing those two sets it was
no longer possible. Now we have to train for the Pan American
Cup, hopefully this experience will help them ".