to battle for fifth place against Mexico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, October 12,
will battle for fifth place against Mexico after beating
Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-9) at the NORCECA
Women’s Continental Championship at Roberto Clemente
Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
On the last day of competition, Cuba and Mexico will battle
for fifth place and a spot for the NORCECA Olympic
qualifier; Trinidad and Tobago goes against Costa Rica for
Cuba struggled to stop Trinidad and Tobago’s hard work and
fighting spirit, specially recovering from an early 1-4
deficit in the second set and tumbling the entire set up to
Cuba held a comfortable advantage in all categories, with
huge 36-18 margin in attacks, 5-2 in blocks and 11-6 in
aces. Cuba allowed 21 points on errors against 23.
Cuban outside hitter Claudia Tarin scored a match-high of 16
points on 13 kills and 3 aces, the only player with
double-figures. Also on Cuba’s side, opposite Dezirett De La
Caridad Madan added 8 points, middle blocker Amelia Morozo
and opposite Greisy Fine contributed with 7 points apiece.
Outside hitter Kiune Fletcher topped Trinidad and Tobago
with 7 points.
Gretell Moreno, setter of Cuba: “We played at their level,
we didn’t play our game and we had difficulties getting into
our rhythm. At the moment we are a team that commits too
many unforced errors and it’s harder; we failed too many
serves. Tomorrow we will play with all we have against
Mexico, we hope to have a good attitude, take advantage of
each player’s skill and exploit our attacks to come out
Tomás Fernández Arteaga, Head Coach of Cuba: “All the sets
should have been like the third, we didn’t drop serves, we
mixed, and we played fast. What we had planned was to put
the ball in game and let Trinidad make their game to take
advantage of their technical weakness; it was the other way
around, we made things easy for them dropping the ball. Our
serves were uneasy, they weren’t disciplined and the
opponent did not fail. It’s hard to educate them and
tomorrow it will be really close”.
Sean Morrison, Head Coach of Trinidad and Tobago: “The
confidence in the sets one and two made the difference; I
told my players not to think about Cuba’s big name and to
give their best playing like giants, keep fighting. It was a
very good match because they could see the ability of this
team and what they can do. Our game plan worked and we put
Cuba in trouble, it’s just a matter of experience”.