Mexico dominates Cuba for second victory

HERMOSILLO, Mexico, August 22, 2022.- Mexico dominated Cuba 3-1 (24-26, 25-16, 25-16, 25-18) for their second victory in pool B of the Women’s Pan American Cup on Monday night at the Sonora Arena of Hermosillo.

Mexico came back from losing a tough first, with a stronger support from its fans and coming out on top by a comfortable 50-40 advantage in attacks, 13-9 margin in blocks and a 7-5 lead in aces.

The host benefited from 29 Cuban errors while handing out 22 points on their errors.

Samantha Bricio’s offensive power was crucial in her team’s victory, scoring a match-high of 22 points on 19 kills, 2 blocks and one ace. Outside hitters Aime Topete and Grecia Castro contributed with 13 and 11 points respectively.

Cuba had two players scoring double-figures, led by opposite hitter Dezirett Madan with 13 points all from kills and outside hitter Sulian Matienzo with 11 points, including the most aces with 4 points.

Samantha Bricio of Mexico spikes against Cuba

On day three Cuba (1-1) plays against Nicaragua (0-1) and host Mexico (2-0) faces Colombia (1-0).

Samantha Bricio, top scorer of México: “I feel good after this victory, we adjusted after the first set and I think we were able to settle, without allowing Cuba to get into their rhythm of play. This win helps us mentally and physically to get into a better rhythm. There is always room for improvement, today we failed some serves, and we will work on them for our next matches”.

Rafael Petry, head coach of Mexico: “Our serves were our best weapon. Our reception could have been of better quality, but we adjusted our blocking, overcoming Cuba in that category. We are going to enjoy today’s victory and tomorrow we will focus on Colombia, which I consider a classic and an important game for the qualification we want to reach in this tournament”.