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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.”