USA wins against a tough TTO
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 8, 2018 – Defending
champions United States recovered from losing the opening set
and went on to defeat Trinidad & Tobago 3-1 (21-25, 25-15,
25-22, 25-15) in the first match of Pool B at the Women’s
Volleyball Pan American Cup.
Aiyana Abukusomo-Whitney, came off the bench to start in the
second set and sparked a young USA side with seven points in the
frame en route to a total of 13. Simone Lee led the winners with
14 points while Sarah Wilwhite and Mallory McCage each
contributed 9 points.
Veteran Krystle Esdelle had a match-high 16 points for Trinidad
& Tobago, a team qualified to the FIVB World Championship in
Japan later this year. Darlene Ramdin and Sinead Jack each
finished with 10 points.
USA held a 13-5 advantage in the blocking category and both
teams served 9 aces.
Lauren Carlini, captain of USA: “We were a little nervous in the
first set which is normal because is the first time for many of
our players to compete internationally. We adjusted and came
back with our game plan and put pressure with our serves.
Renele Forde, captain of TTO: “We are satisfied with our game
against USA. It is the first time in history we take a set from
United States at any level of volleyball.
Jonathan Newman-Gonchar, coach of USA: “We want to congratulate
TTO for a wonderful match. We are not used to those high balls
but made the adjustments and used our quick tempo to recover and
win the match.”
Francisco Cruz, coach of TTO: “It is a feat to win a set against
USA no matter what kind of a team they bring. I am really
impressed with the ability of their setter (Carlini) who is one
of the best I have ever seen.”