United States passed over Cuba

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 7, 2022 – United States defeated Cuba 3-0 (25-18, 27-25, 25-17) improving their win-lost mark to 3-1 at the NORCECA Final Six Volleyball Pan America Cup taking place in the capital of Dominican Republic for the second year in a row. Cuba dropped its record to 1-3.

Stephanie Samedy led the American side with 12 points, followed by Veronica Jones-Perry and Avery Skinner each with 11 marks. Cuban Fine topped all the players in the contest with 16 points. The Cubans committed 24 errors against 14 by United States.

Match action USA vs Cuba

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Victoria Dilfer, player of United States: It was a well runned match for the US team, Cuba is a very physical team that definitely challenged us on a different ways, we handled their strong service well  andwith that we were able to take advantage on our net game.

Gretell Moreno, player of Cuba:

It was a good game, I want to thank the United States team because we are a young team that travels in development and games like this help us grow to be able to one day reach the level that the United States and the Dominican Republic have and also grow ourselves as players.

Puerto Rico beat Mexico in straight-sets

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 7, 2022 – Puerto Rico breezed past Mexico in straight sets improving its win-loss record to 3-1 good for current second place in the NORCECA Final Six Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup in the earliest contest of Thursday.

The score was 25-20, 25-20, 25-8, with the third one being the shortest of this year competition, erasing the 25-11 set by Dominican Republic opening one against the Puerto Ricans in their Wednesday’s match on Wednesday.

Stephanie Enright led the Puerto Rican squad with 17 points, followed by Neira Ortiz and Genesis Collazo each with 13 points. For Mexico, Vanessa Villegas was the best with 7 points.

The record of Mexico fell down to 2-2 with one match to play on Friday against Canada.  

Stephanie Enright (PUR) spikes against Mexico

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Fernando Morales, coach of Puerto Rico:  The positive that I see in today’s match after a defeat like yesterday’s gives us peace of mind and confidence for our goal, which is the World Cup, Mexico made us stronger in the first two sets until point 18 and in the end we in the third set we were able to get in on our serve early on and get them into trouble that was the key to this win. 

Rafael Petry, coach of Mexico:  We knew that it was going to be a very complicated game since Puerto Rico is a team that comes with its sights set on the World Cup and its players come with their minds prepared for that. During the game in the transition battle, Puerto Rico was more effective and I think that made the difference in the result. 

Dominicans in sole possession of top place

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 6, 2022 – Defending champions and home team Dominican Republic kept sole position of first place at the second edition of NORCECA Final Six Pan American Coup with a third victory without losses after defeating Puerto Rico in straight sets 3-0 (25-11, 25-22, 25-17) on Tuesday night. 

The Queens of the Caribbean dominated in attacks (36-26), blocks (14-4) and service winners (5-3). 

Gaila Gonzalez led the home girls with 13 points, including two blocks and one ace, followed by Brayelin Martínez with 11 points, all via attacks and Candida Arias with 6 blocks. 

Brittany Abercrombie and Karina Ocasio were the best for Puerto Rico each with 9 points. 

Match action Dominican Republic vs Puerto Rico

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Marcos Kwiek, coach of Dominican Republic: We know that this tournament is a tournament where there is obviously a quota for the Pan American Games, we are already classified, we have just come from a tournament and I am trying to give the girls rest to give the newest ones experience and it is preparation for what comes this year which is the World Championship. The most important thing was that they were able to play a good game and very well fought. 

Fernando Morales, coach of Puerto Rico: We knew that we were coming against a world-class team that has been training together for a long time and very few of us have already had high-level matches this summer, today things did not go as we wanted but this match prepares us well for the level we want to reach to try to do my best in the World Cup. 

USA blanked neighbors Canada in tough match

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 6, 2022 – The United States won a straight-sets tough contest against their north side contest Canada by score of 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-22) at Volleyball National Palace Ricardo Arias on Tuesday. 

The Americans improved their win-loss balance to 2-1 while the North Americans worsened to 0-3. The winners led in points from the service line 6-5 and 7-4 from the battle defending the net. 

Nia Reed was the best American scorer with 15 points, all but one in attacks, followed by Danielle Drews with 12 points, including three aces. Grills stood out for Canada with 15 tallies, including one block and two aces. 

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Carolyn O´Dwyer, coach of Canada: I think in this game we played a lot of better that in in the first two we did a really good job on the service line that putted some preassure on the other team unfortunately we missed some valuable points that cost us the game, we expect to play better the next game. 

Michelle Chatman, Coach of United States: Our team did a really good job responding from yesterday match  that we were strugg with the receiving, Canada putted some service preassure on us today and our response was better today on that part. I think we grow up as a team through today´s game. 

Mexico beat Cuba in 5 rounds

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 6, 2022 – Mexico beat Cuba in the first match of five sets of the NORCECA Final Six Pan American Tournament of the current second edition at the Ricardo Arias Volleyball Palace in the Dominican capital. 

The Mexicans prevailed by partial scores of 3-2 (19-25, 25-23, 25-20, 17-25, 15-11) of the match that lasted 1 hour and 58 minutes. 

Aimé Topete led the winners with 22 points that included 7 aces, and was followed by María Fernanda Rodríguez with 20 and Karina Flores with 18. 

The most outstanding Cubans in the offense were Dezirett Madam, who dominated the general list with 25 points, and Ailama Cesé with 19. 

In service winners what opened the eyes was the favorable margin of 16-7 of Mexico in service winners. 

Match action Mexico vs Cuba

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Rafael Petry, coach of Mexico: We knew that the game was very important for both teams because of the issue of seeking classification against the teams that are part of the event. We had many ups and downs during the match and we had to focus more on the defense that we had already worked on in practice, luckily we were able to adjust that in the tiebreak and that gave us the win. 

Jorge Sosa, Coach of Cuba: Mexico beats us in the middle game, they know how to play without the ball, we have to educate ourselves on that. The problem today was not the opposite, it was us who stopped doing especially in the game in the mesh, one of the strengths of this team is the attack through the middle and that did not work today due to the reception that unfortunately we received today failed. 

Caribbean queens beat Mexico without complications

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 5, 2022 – Convincingly and without complications, it was the second victory in a row last night for the Caribbean Queens after having three sets to zero (25-20/25-16/25-12) against the Mexican team, at the end of the second day of the Norceca Final Six Tournament, where the Banreservas Cup is played.

The Dominicans faced no problems to remain undefeated (2-0), as they combined a strong serve, excellent blocking and combined attack to break their rivals who now posted their record (0-2).

The Dominicans’ attack was guided by Yonkaira Peña Isabel, with 14 points, Brayelin Martínez contributed 13, while Madeline Guillén scored 11 points and the left-footed Gaila González left with ten, in the event that brings together six countries and takes place successfully at the Ricardo -Gioriver- Arias Volleyball Palace, of the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center.

With her great performance, Peña assumes the leadership of the tournament with the most points scored (18), in the tournament that concludes this coming Saturday.

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Dominicans celebrate a point against Mexico

It was impossible for the Mexicans to circumvent the iron defense carried out by the girls led by Brazilian Marcos Kwiek, who, unlike on Sunday, did not use his star players, Brenda Castillo and Bethania de la Cruz.

“We went out to give a good game and we were able to achieve it, each one of us went out to comply with the game scheme proposed by our leader, now we have to stay focused to try to keep our undefeated and go out on the field to defend it against Puerto Rico ”, expressed Peña Isabel after the game that lasted 1:10 minutes.

For the defeated, Claudia Río was the most outstanding with 7 points, seconded by Aimé Topete, with six goals.

Cuba dominates Canada en 1 hour and 21 minutes

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 5, 2022 – Cuba defeated Canada in consecutive sets this Monday 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-21) to equal their record to a win and a setback after having lost against the Dominican Republic on opening Sunday.

Dezirett Madam and Ailama Cese were the best Cuban scorers with 13 points each. Layne Buskirk led Canada with 9 points.

The winners had an advantage in blocks (8-4) and in aces (7-3) in the game that lasted 1 hour and 21 minutes.

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Match action Cuba vs Canada

Gretell Moreno, Captain of Cuba: We knew how to recover from a strong defeat against the Dominican Republic in the first game, we came out with a better attitude on the field and little by little our game flowed, but we have to continue preparing ourselves and continue to iron out those little details that we have to fix in order to reach the level that we we want and return to the world elite.

Melissa Langegger, captain of Canada: I think we had a lot of good fight, we battled every point and we did not win today but here we are as a team here we are as Canada. I think we played better today than yesterday.

Puerto Rico beats The U.S.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 5, 2022 – In a close game from start to finish, Puerto obtained its second victory of the Final Six by defeating the United States 25-22, 28-26, 21-25, 25-20 in the second match of the day on Monday.

A shot from veteran Karina Ocasio gave “Las Nenas” the point they needed to win the first set 25-22 and show them the path to victory on the second date of the fair.

Those led by Fernando Morales extended their unbeaten record to 2-0 and the Americans, who in their debut accounted for Canada 3-0, are now 1-1.

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Puerto Rico celebrates beating USA

Morales, in turn, declared that the team defended and had a consistent service, aspects of the game that he hopes will also come out against the Dominican Republic.

Brittany Abercrombie and Ocasio, with 18 and 17 points, respectively, led Puerto Rico’s collegiate attack.

Dominican squad dominates Cuba

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republicm September 4, 2022 – Defending champions Dominican Republic swept Cuba 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-18 to complete the opening actions of the NORCECA Final Six Pan American Women’s Volley ball on Sunday.

The threesome of Yonkaira Peña, Gaila Gonzalez and Brayelin Martinez topped the offense of the Dominican side popularly called The Queens of the Caribbean with 14, 12 and 10 points respectively,

Cubans Dezirett Madam and Ailama Cese each landed 9 points as the best scorers for the defeated side.

As a team the home side, supported by an enthusiastic crowd at the Volleyball Palace Ricardo Arias, had the advantage in service winners 7-3 and the blocking category 10-6.

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Gaila Gonzalez (DOM) spikes against Cuba

Marcos Kwiek, coach of Dominican Republic: It is very good to have Cuba back in international events. That is something that we need for Cuba to raise its level, for us to have more level teams in our area because we are all growing. Today we tried to play our game respecting the tactics and techniques It is a long tournament because it is played every day and this is just the beginning.

Tomas Fernandez, coach of Cuba: To thank the Dominican Republic for the intensity they had playing with us, for me it is a pleasant headache to face the Dominican Republic, which is a team that has a lot of prominence not only in the Pan-American region but also worldwide and you learn a lot playing against this set.

USA Dominates Mexico in opening day

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 4, 2022 – United States dominated a close match against Mexico but their lead never was never in danger in the second contest of opening day at the NORCECA Final Six Volleyball Pan American Cup on Sunday afternoon.

The final score was 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-18).

Danielle Drews was the best scorer for the winning side with 15 points escorted by Veronica Jones Perry and Alison Bastianelli with 13 and 11, respectively, and Nia Reed with 10. Karina Flores reached the 10-point wall for Mexico.

The Americans totaled 10 aces from the service line and 7 blocking at the net.

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USA celebrates defeating Mexico

Danielle Drews, player of United States: It was a good team win we were able to use our entire lineup and everyone did their job and we were able to come successful as a group, I think Mexico is a good team they play good defense and I wish them good luck the rest of the tournament.

Claudia Rios, player of Mexico: It seemed like a very difficult game for us. The United States is a fairly strong team with young players, but with a lot of experience We had already faced them in the last Pan American Cup, this time we tried to give our best on the court but we could not achieve the victory.