HERMOSILLO, Mexico, August 24, 2022.- Colombia remained unbeaten with a straight set win 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-17) over Cuba in pool B at the Women’s Pan American Cup at the Sonora Arena of Hermosillo.
Colombia with 3-0 record in pool B is in route to top pool B and seal their qualification to the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games. The event grants three berths; Dominican Republic and Mexico are already qualified.
The South Americans face Nicaragua (0-3) in their last pool-play outing, while Cuba concludes a 2-2 record.
Colombia subdued powerhouse Cuba with a comfortable 13-7 advantage in blocks and a 44-34 margin in attacks. Cuba held a slim advantage of 4-3 in aces. Colombia allowed 10 points from unforced errors, scoring on 15 from Cuba.
Opposite hitter Dayana Segovia of Colombia topped all scorers with 21 points on 15 kills and a match-high of 6 points from blocks. Middle blocker Darlevis Mosquera chipped in with 11 points on 6 kills and 5 blocks, and middle blocker Yeisy Soto contributed with 9 points.
Middle blocker Jessica Aguilera led Cuba with 10 points on 5 kills, 4 from blocks and one ace. Outside hitters Claudia Tarin and Sulian Matienzo added 9 and 8 points respectively.
Dayana Segovia, top scorer of Colombia: “We were well prepared to face Cuba, we did a great job for a positive result. More than technique, our unity and complicity when we play is our team’s strength; we understand each other well; it has been years of process that helps us to know us well. Cuba is not easy, we did our work, we studied them well”.
Antonio Rizola, head coach of Colombia: “We were expecting the victory because my team has been working well, focused and we are recovering players that we needed, that’s why the team has more confidence. I didn’t expect a decisive win, we thought it would be in five sets. With this victory we are in the position of winning our pool, but what is most important is that we are one step from qualifying to the Central American Games, our big goal, Colombia deserves it”.