Vibrant victory for Dominicans 3-2 over Cuba


LIMA, Peru, September 7, 2018 - Dominican Republic claimed a vibrant 3-2 victory over Cuba (25-22, 18-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-11) on the second day of action of the II Final Four U20 being held at Manuel Bonilla Coliseum of Miraflores in Lima, Peru.


The spectacular Dominican blocking was again his weapon to overcome their rivals with an advantage of 18-12. The Cubans did better in the fundament of attack (44-51) and services (7-11). The Dominicans had 29 unforced errors against 37 by Cuba.


Captain Natalia Martinez, with 24 points, was the top scorer of the game, including 17 attacks, 5 blocks and two aces; also contributed in the winning cause Liliannis Feliz and Erika Asencio, with 12 points each and Sthefany Gonzalez with 10 points. The Cuban attackers with double digits were Ivy Vila (24), Ailama Cese (17) and Evilania Martínez (10).


Dominican captain Natalia Martinez: "Today we returned to our level, yesterday it was a very bad game for us, today Cuba tried to complicate us with their serve but we knew how to defend ourselves by stopping their attack with the aggressiveness of our blockade".


Cuba's top scorer, Ivy Vila: "We had a tough opponent, but we know that each one gave their best effort and we were very close to winning, but today we lacked a bit of definition in the attack, but we know that we have a lot to show"