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Cuba and Mexico secure tickets to U18 WCH in Argentina

 
Cuba and Mexico joined the list of qualified teams to the U18 Girls' World Championship in Argentina
HAVANA, Cuba, March 31, 2017 – Hosts Cuba and Mexico have booked the two NORCECA tickets to the U18 FIVB Girls’ World Championship at the age-group Pan American Cup while Chile and Colombia are still in competition for the South American spot to the world event scheduled in Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina from August 18 to 27.

Meanwhile two teams already qualified to the world championship –host Argentina and NORCECA champions Dominican Republic- advanced directly to the semifinals of the Pan American Cup as pool winners with best records.
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Argentina's captain and setter Pilar Cina

In Thursday’s actions, Argentina won Pool A with cruising victory over Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-9) to edge Pool B winners Cuba for the semifinal spot with a 1.431 point-ratio to 1.410 of the home team. 

The Dominican Republic defeated Mexico 3-1 (25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 25-9) in a match between undefeated sides in Pool C.

In Friday’s quarterfinals, Cuba will play Chile while Mexico meets Colombia. In the qualification matches for the 7 to 10 positions, it will be Uruguay versus Costa Rica and Puerto Rico against Guatemala.

Martina Delucchi and Candela Salinas led the one-sided Argentina’s victory with 14 and 12 points, respectively, while Solimar Cestero finished with 10 for Puerto Rico.

The Dominicans displayed terrific defense at the net with a tournament-high 15 blocks in the victory over Mexico. Mesalina Yosil led the high wall with seven blocks of her own.

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Madeline Guillen was one of the biggest offensive weapons for the Dominican Republic

Yaneiry Rodriguez was the winners’ main offensive weapon with 21 points while Madeline Guillen finished with 17 points, all in attacks. Liliannis Feliz added 14, including three blocks, in the victory. Mexico’s Uxue Amaya Guereca and Esther Castro finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively, in the loss.

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Colombian Ana Olaya goes for one of her 11 points in the victory over Costa Rica

In the other matches of Thursday, Uruguay came all the way back from a 0-2 deficit to edge Guatemala 3-2 (23-25, 20-25, 26-24, 25-16, 15-6) in a match between winless teams in Pool C and Colombia swept Costa Rica 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-15) to finish Pool A with a 1-1 win-loss record.

Sofia Zuvich topped Uruguay with 14 points, followed by Melissa Paez and Meline Gimenez with 12 and 11 points. Guatemalan Daniela Tornoe had a match-high 16 points and teammate Kimberly Cardona landed 13 in the painful loss.

Ana Olaya scored 11 points for Colombia while Emelys Martinez and Manuela Ibarguen each contributed 10 points in the victory.

Top Scorer by Day
33- Sofia Victoria of Puerto Rico v Chile on 28-3-17
25- Ailama Cese of Cuba v Colombia on 29-3-17
21- Yaneirys Rodriguez of Dominican Republic v Mexico on 30-3-17

Best Scoring Performances
33- Sofia Victoria of Puerto Rico v Chile on 28-3-17
26- Beatriz Novoa of Chile v Puerto Rico on 28-3-17
25- Ailama Cese of Cuba v Colombia on 29-3-17
21- Beatriz Novoa of Chile v Argentina on 29-3-17
21- Yaneirys Rodriguez of Dominican Republic v Mexico on 30-3-17
20- Elizabeth Vicet of Cuba v Colombia on 29-3-17

Best Blocking Performances
7- Mesalina Yosil of Dominican Republic v Mexico on 30-3-17
6- Valerin Carabali of Colombia v Cuba on 29-3-17
5- Sofia Victoria of Puerto Rico v Chile on 28-3-17
5- Daniela Tornoe of Guatemala v Uruguay on 30-3-17
4- Mline Gimenez of Uruguay v Guatemala on 30-3-17
4- Geraldine Gonzalez of Dominican Republic v Mexico on 30-3-17

Best Serving Performances
4- Hennesys Lalane of Dominican Republic v Guatemala on 29-3-17
4- Yamisleydis Viltres of Cuba v Colombia on 29-3-17
4- Natalia Rodriguez of Uruguay v Guatemala on 30-3-17
3- Several players

Best Team Blocking Performances
15- Dominican Republic v Mexico on 30-3-17
12- Puerto Rico v Chile on 28-3-17
12- Uruguay v Guatemala on 30-3-17
10- Cuba v Costa Rica on 28-3-17
10- Dominican Republic v Guatemala on 29-3-17
10- Colombia v Cuba on 29-3-17
10- Colombia v Costa Rica on 30-3-17

Best Team Serving Performances
16- Cuba v Colombia on 29-3-17
11- Uruguay v Guatemala on 30-3-17
10- Cuba v Costa Rica on 28-3-17
10- Mexico v Uruguay on 29-3-17
10- Dominican Republic v Guatemala on 29-3-17

Highest Scoring Sets
28-26 Chile v Argentina (3rd Set) on 29-3-17
26-24 Uruguay v Guatemala (3rd Set) on 30-3-17

Highest Scoring Matches
210- Chile d Puerto Rico 3-2 (25-18, 19-25, 23-25, 25-16, 18-16) on 28-3-17
205- Uruguay d Guatemala 3-2 (23-25, 20-25, 26-24, 25-16, 15-6) on 30-3-7

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