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.
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.