Cuba recovers to defeat Puerto Rico

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 17, 2021 – Cuba defeated Puerto Rico 3-1 (15-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-19) to claim its first victory at the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup on Friday.


These two teams will meet again in the first match of Saturday for the 5-6 positions of the standings.


The Cuban team converted 15 blocks in points to seal the victory while the Puerto Rican side made 37 unforced errors.


Dayana Martínez and Dezirett Madan led Cuba with 14 and 11 points. Puerto Rican Isabel Bauza led all the players with 18 points, followed by Gabriela Alicea with 13 in the loss.


Joel Olazabal, coach of Cuba: “Today we achieved our first victory and it was against Puerto Rico, which is a team very similar to ours. So the girls loosen up a little bit more and things turned out a lot better. We made some changes, but not because they played badly but to give everyone a chance and see what they can offer for the team.”


Carlos Rodríguez, coach of Puerto Rico: “The problem is that the physical condition factor is taking its toll on us. Nor do we have Paola Rojas, our main middle blocker. That takes a lot from us. We can play a set or two well, but then we don't have the energy to close."