Puerto Rico blanks Cuba
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 8, 2018 – Puerto Rico
swept Cuba 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-23) in a duel between teams
from the Greater Antilles at the Women’s Volleyball Pan American
Cup on Sunday.
The Puerto Rican team relied on their strong serves to dominate
the Cuban side as the winners outscored the losers 11-4 in the
Marie Pilar Victoria, Noami Santos and Shirley Ferrer were the
best Puerto Ricans in attack finishing with 13, 12 and 11
points, respectively. Sulian Matienzo had 10 points for Cuba and
Ailama Cese added 8 coming off the bench.
Natalia Valentin, captain of Puerto Rico: Our service was
important but we also had good reception and defense. Cuba never
quit and they deserve credit. Our team will continue improving.
Sulian Matienzo, captain of Cuba: We improved the level after
the first set but Puerto Rico kept pressing. I think we are
going to play better.
Javier Gaspar, coach of Puerto Rico: Cuba was really tough,
especially in the third set. Our service caused damage because
it limited their attacking capacity. That was the difference.
Wilfredo Robinson, coach of Cuba: Our reception failed and we
also made too many mistakes with our serves. I want to
congratulate Puerto Rico. They were accurate with their serves.