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Cuba and Puerto Rico seal spots in U20 Pan Am Semifinals

 
San Jose, Costa Rica, May 11, 2017 – Cuba and Puerto Rico claimed direct tickets to the semifinals of the U20 Women’s Pan American Cup as pool winners with the best records after victories over Peru and Puerto Rico, respectively, on Wednesday.

The tournament is a qualifier for the FIVB U20 Volleyball Women's World Championship that takes place in Mexico from July 14-23. 

Heidy Casanova racked up 25 points to lead the close victory of Cuba over Peru 3-1 (29-27, 26-24, 18-25, 25-15) in Pool C, at Gimnasio Nacional of San Jose

Diaris Perez and Ailama Cese each contributed 17 points in the victory while Katherine Regalado, Leslie Leyva and Maricarmen Guerrero finished with 13, 12 and 10 points, respectively, for Peru.

Puerto Rico swept Costa Rica 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-15) to finish atop Pool B. Loraine Lopez led the winners with 10 points and Tamara Espinosa had 11 for the defeated side.

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In the other match on Wednesday, United States defeated Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-21) to win Pool A.

Elizabeth Hall and Regan Pittman topped the scoring for United States with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Dominican Madeline Guillen had a match-high 21 points and Vielka Peralta had 19 in the losing effort.

The winners held a 14-11 advantage in blocks and a slim 4-3 margin in aces. The Dominicans committed 37 errors to 23 by the winners.

In Thursday’s quarterfinals, Argentina meets Peru in crucial match for the ticket available for the best ranked South American team to the U20 FIVB World Championship to be held in Cordoba and Boca del Rio, Mexico from July 14 to 23. Also the United States play against Uruguay.

In a consolation match for the 7-9 positions, Chile plays Costa Rica.

Top Scorer by Day
23- Camila Bausero of Uruguay v Costa Rica on 8-5-17
17- Camila Bausero of Uruguay v Puerto Rico on 9-5-17
25- Heidy Casanova of Cuba v Peru on 10-5-17

Best Scoring Performances
25- Heidy Casanova of Cuba v Peru on 10-5-17
23- Camila Bausero of Uruguay v Costa Rica on 8-5-17
21- Madeline Guillen of Dominican Republic v United States on 10-5-17
19- Vielka Peralta of Dominican Republic v United States on 10-5-17
18- Tamara Espinoza of Costa Rica v Uruguay on 8-5-17

Best Blocking Performances
5- Flavia Montes of Peru v Chile on 9-5-17
5- Laura Suarez of Cuba v Peru on 10-5-17
5- Maricarmen Guerrero of Peru v Cuba on 10-5-17
5- Brionne Butler of United States v Dominican Republic on 10-5-17
5- Geraldine Gonzalez of Dominican Republic v United States on 10-5 17

Best Serving Performances
5- Elizabeth Vicet of Cuba v Chile on 8-5-17
5- Kris Justiniano of Puerto Rico v Uruguay on 9-5-17
4- Diaris Perez of Cuba v Chile on 8-5-17

Best Team Blocking Performances
14- United States v Dominican Republic on 10-5-17
13- Cuba v Peru on 10-5-17
12- Cuba v Chile on 8-5-17
11- Peru v Cuba on 10-5-17
11- Dominican Republic v United States on 10-5-17

Best Team Serving Performances
11- Cuba v Chile on 8-5-17
10- Peru v Chile on 9-5-17

Highest Scoring Sets
29-27 Cuba v Peru (1st Set) on 10-5-17
26-24 Uruguay v Costa Rica (4th Set) on 8-5-17
26-24 Cuba v Peru (2nd Set) on 10-5-17

Highest Scoring Matches
189- Cuba d Peru 3-1 (29-27, 26-24, 18-25, 25-15) on 10-5-17
186- Uruguay d Costa Rica 3-1 (25-21, 25-18, 22-25, 26-24) on 8-5-17
186- United States d Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-21) on 10-5-17
178- United States d Argentina 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 15-25, 25-21) on 9-5-17

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