The Queens of the Caribbean triumphed last night for the second straight outing by beating Mexico 3-0 (25-23, 25-12, 25-17) in the continuation of the XIX Pan American Women’s Volleyball Cup.
The Dominican Republic, Canada and the United States lead the tournament undefeated with a 2-0 record. Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico have both 0-2.
For the second consecutive meeting, the coach of the Dominican team, Marcos Kweik, did not appeal to the services of the stellar starters Bethania de la Cruz and Brayelin Martínez, whom he apparently has reserved for the moment of the medals.
The qualified Brazilian coach started with Yonkaira Peña and captain Prisilla Rivera (starts), Jineiry Martínez and Annerys Valdez (centrals), setter Niverka Marte with Galia González as the opposite and the unparalleled Brenda Castillo as libero. The best for the Dominican Republic were Gaila González with 12 points, Priscila Rivera 11 and Jineiry Martínez 10. Tonight, the Creole team faces Puerto Rico.
The United States prevailed
The United States remained undefeated by defeating Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-19, 25-14 and 25-17). It is the second victory in a row that the North American girls have obtained, while Puerto Rico still does not know the victory and already has two losses in line.
The offensive attack of the winners was guided by Symone Williams with 18 points, Verónica Perry left with 16 and Alejandra Holston with 13 points.
In the lost cause, Gabriela Alicea was the best with eight points. The game lasted one hour and 14 minutes. During the three games, the United States always maintained the dominance of the board and the superiority on the court was noticed against its rivals.
The United States faces Canada in the second game of the third date of the Pan American Cup.
Canada dealt a second setback to Cuba
The Canadian team defeated Cuba 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-10) in a game that barely exceeded 60 minutes of action. With the victory, the Canadians remain undefeated (2-0) in the Pan American Cup. For the winners, Hilary Howe finished with 16 points, while Cuba (0-2) had Dayana Martínez, Yensy Kindelan and Claudia Tarín with four goals each.