United States and Cuba secured berths in the semifinal round and also a place in the 2004 World Grand Prix after finishing unbeaten in the preliminar round of the Second Women’s Pan American Cup being played in Saltillo, Mexico.
USA beat Canada 3-0 and Cuba defeated Dominican Republic also 3-0
In finishing at the top of their Pools with 3-0 record, both squads will be for sure one of the top four teams in this tournament qualifying for next year’s premier of FIVB women annual event.
The strong American side once again displayed good chemistry in its overall game crushing Canada with the power of Danielle Scott and Logan Tom, two outstanding offensive weapons.
The USA side previously defeated Brazil and Puerto Rico and today beat their continental neighbours by score of 25-14, 25-15, 25-21. Coincidentially, Cuba’s victory over the Dominicans was by identical outcome.
“It is a triumph that give us what we came in looking for, the qualification for next year Grand Prix,”said Scott. “It also offers some time to rest a little bit and prepare our tactics and strategy for the semifinal match on Friday.”
Stellar Yumilka Ruiz was a key ingredient in the victory of Cuban side. The lightning spikes of the Cuban star did not encounter any resistance from the Dominican blockade.
“This match give us a good idea about where we are in route to the Pan American Games next month in Santo Domingo and also secure a berth for Cuba in next year World Grand Prix,” said Ruiz in a press conference after their victory.
Dominican Republic finished second in Pool B with a 2-1 record and now will face the third place team of Pool A, either Brazil or Canada, in the next elimination round.